Ben Hale’s generosity flows through the halls of Memphis University School, inspiring its faculty and staff to teach and serve the school with that same generosity in mind.

Hale passed away Jan. 5, 2021, and through his dedication to the development of teachers and service to MUS, he has left a precious legacy.

Hale established the Jean Barbee Hale Award for Outstanding Service in 1998 to honor his wife’s 24 years on the school staff. (Jean Hale passed away in 2001.) It is awarded to a member of the MUS family who exhibits outstanding loyalty, responsibility, dedication and commitment to excellence in service to the school in the same spirit as Jean Barbee Hale.

“I wanted to return something to MUS for the opportunities the school has given our family,” Ben Hale said when the award was first presented. He and his family members faithfully attended the annual MUS Faculty-Staff Luncheon for the presentation of the award.

In 2002 Hale also funded the Hale Fellowship for Faculty Development to honor his three sons, all MUS alumni: Scott (Class of 1978), Dennis (Class of 1980), and Steve (Class of 1984). The annual fellowship provides financial support for a faculty member to pursue professional research, study and travel as part of the school’s continual teacher development program.

Throughout the years, Ben Hale’s generosity will continue to make an impact on Memphis University School as faculty and staff members benefit from his legacy.

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