Cameron University Foundation benefits from estate gift of the late Jeneanne Lawson

The Cameron University Foundation recently received more than $410,000 generated by an estate gift from the late Jeneanne Lawson, a 1949 Cameron graduate. As part of her planned giving, Lawson bequeathed three properties to the Foundation. One of those homes has recently been sold, and the proceeds will be used to enhance the quality of education at Cameron University.

“Gifts such as this enable the Cameron University Foundation to enhance the collegiate life of Cameron students,” says Brian Henry, CU Foundation president. “The late Mrs.Lawson is just one of the many Cameron benefactors who have made so many outstanding educational experiences possible.”

“Mrs. Lawson was passionate about providing assistance to the Cameron University Foundation in order to benefit Cameron students,” says Albert Johnson Jr., Vice President for University Advancement. “Her expertise in fundraising spurred her to include the foundation in her estate planning process, ensuring that her legacy of impacting Cameron students will continue.”

A native of Lawton, Lawson attended Cameron State Agricultural College from 1946 through 1949, pursuing an Associate in Arts and Science with a major in journalism. As an Aggie, she was a member of the Collegian staff, serving as the editor, and was active in the Pep Pirates and the Cameron Players. While attending Cameron, Lawson also served as Women’s Editor for the Lawton Morning Press.

She later attended the University of Oklahoma where she received bachelor and master degrees. Lawson taught at the higher education level for many years before becoming a successful fundraising professional.

During her lifetime, she was deeply committed to promoting the educational interests and benefits of Cameron students, and her work with the Cameron University Foundation was a particular passion.  To date, the foundation has received more than $525,000 from her estate. Added to her previous gifts as a member of President’s Partners and to KCCU and the Centennial “Changing Lives” campaign, Lawson has become one of the foundation’s largest individual donors.

In 2013, Cameron University named the “Jeneanne Lawson Tutoring Center” in the Academic Commons in her honor. 

Lawson passed away in 2018 at the age of 88.

Founded in 1972, the Cameron University Foundation collects, administers and disburses gifts and endowments for the benefit and continuing support of Cameron University. The CU Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization governed by a Board of Directors composed principally of civic leaders of the region. To include the Cameron University Foundation in your planned giving, leaving a lasting legacy to higher education in southwest Oklahoma, contact the Office of University Advancement at 580-581-2999 or email



September 13, 2019