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LSU Libraries receives a $100,000 gift

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02/18/2009 12:07 PM
BATON ROUGE – On Tuesday, Feb. 17, the Forever LSU campaign announced a gift of $100,000 to LSU Libraries from LSU alumnus Dr. Terence “Terry” Beven, and his wife, Liz. The Beven donation takes the form of an endowed gift, which will help LSU address the Libraries’ needs for many years to come.
Dean Jennifer Cargill of the LSU Libraries thanked the Bevens, noting the unrestricted nature of their gift. “We especially appreciate that this gift will allow us to spend the funds on the area of greatest need, whether on a new academic program or to make a special one-time purchase. Libraries have changed a great deal over the years, so it helps to have this flexibility to buy electronic materials as well as print,” she said.

The Bevens have a long history of service to LSU Libraries, and represent the Libraries as its representative on the Forever LSU National Campaign Cabinet. They are also members of the Libraries’ Benefactor’s Society and Friends of the LSU Libraries.

Dr. Terry Beven was raised in Baton Rouge, and earned a bachelor’s degree from the LSU College of Arts & Sciences in 1954. He was awarded an M.D. from LSU Health Sciences in 1957. He is a Life Member of the LSU Medical School Alumni Association.

Dr. Beven is a past president of the American College of Nuclear Physicians. He was awarded their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and Mentor of the Year award, 2008-09. Dr. Beven served on that organization’s Board of Regents and as chair of the Government Affairs Committee. He has also served as a member of the Proficiency Testing Program and Imaging Committee, and Nuclear Medicine Political Action Committee. He is also an active member of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, or SNM, chair of their Audit Subcommittee of Finance and has served as secretary treasurer. He is a past recipient of the SNM President’s Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Beven also served as a board member and inspector/reviewer for the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories, or ICANL.

Dr. Beven has long been associated with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, where he served as director of Nuclear Medicine after establishing the nuclear medicine service there in 1965. He is a member emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center.

The Bevens enjoy traveling to conferences where Terry participates, or has been invited to present. They have three children: John, Bill and Lyn. John graduated with a degree in physics from LSU in 1984, and later received an M.A. and Ph.D. from Florida State University. Bill graduated from Rice University and earned an M.A. from Stanford University. Lyn Beven graduated from Loyola University of the South. The Bevens have seven grandchildren.

They are members of St. Aloysius Catholic Church and supporters of the LSU Rural Life Museum and LSU Museum of Art.

Support for the LSU Libraries, exemplified by the Bevens’ generosity, is a vital part of the Forever LSU campaign. The Forever LSU campaign is an historic undertaking by the LSU community to attain more than $750 million in support for our university by the end of the year 2010. To find out how to be a part of the campaign for LSU’s future, visit

Scott Madere is the director of Public Relations for the LSU Foundation. For more information on this news story or the LSU Foundation, contact Madere at 225-578-3826 or

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