2014 NEMO Bulldog Forever Award Recipients

James “Morris” McNabb (’57, ’68) and Virginia (Keethler) McNabb (’57, ’64)

The McNabbs are graduates from the class of 1957. While at Truman, Virginia was active in Alpha Sigma Alpha and the marching band. James kept busy in the science labs. When asked what his favorite memory from his college days was, he responded, “Studying for anatomy lab tests with classmates was sort of fun, in retrospect. Using microscopes, they opened a marvelous world for me.”

James received his Bachelor of Science degree in general science and later went on to earn his master’s degree in general science education. Virginia received her Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Zoology and later earned her master’s degree in general science education.

The McNabbs married on November 26th, 1959 (happy early anniversary!). They have since resided in Queen City, Mo. where they both worked as science teachers in Schuyler R-1 Schools until their retirement in the early 1990s. After their retirement, they continued to stay active by working on their 240-acre farm southeast of Queen City. Since retiring they have also traveled to Australia and England.

The McNabbs have three children, Jim McNabb who works as the IT technical director at Truman, Dr. Julia McNabb who is a physician and chief of staff at Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Mo., and Dr. John McNabb works at Intel in Portland, Ore. They also have grandchildren, Amy McNabb, Kate McNabb, Christopher Dodson, Molly McNabb, Dillon Crawford, Anna McNabb and Celia McNabb.

Four generations of their family have attended the University and their granddaughter, Kate, is currently finishing her MAE at Truman. They’ve been active members in the Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter and dedicated Homecoming attendees; tonight we honor their dedication and support with the NEMO Alumni Chapter Bulldog Forever Award.