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Late Cheyenne business leader creates professorship to honor son

 A longtime Cheyenne business leader, whose generosity to the community lives on even after her death in 2001, continues her tradition of philanthropy with a $250,000 bequest to the OU College of Engineering. The Nettie Vincent Boggs Testamentary Trust has established a professorship in engineering at the University of Oklahoma in honor of Boggs’ son, John Vincent “Vince” Boggs. Gifted both academically and musically, Vince earned three degrees at the University, including a PhD in nuclear engineering, before his death in a motorcycle accident in 1971. “Supporting education was very important to Nettie,” said Janith Moore, trustee of the Nettie Boggs Trust. “I think she felt that providing for the education of others was a meaningful way to honor Vince and keep his memory alive. The youngest of eight children, Nettie Ellen Vincent Boggs was born in Texas in 1911 and moved to Cheyenne as a child. She spent nearly all of her 90 years in Cheyenne. A bright and inquisitive student, she exc