Endowment to Aid Visually Impaired Students

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The University of West Georgia Foundation announces the creation of the William Perry and Berna Teal Burson Memorial Endowment, established by Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Everett Teal. The endowment was created to assist visually impaired students or students planning a career working with the visually impaired.

A scholarship from the endowment will be awarded annually to a rising junior or senior, particularly applicants from the West Georgia region. A committee within Student Services will choose the recipient.

William Perry and Berna Teal were married in 1955. Perry, a Navy veteran who served in World War II, worked for both Lockheed and Liberty National Insurance Co. He eventually went on to found the Universal Discount Furniture Co., where he served as president until his death from cancer in 1984.

Burson was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye condition, early in her adult life, and it eventually led to her total blindness. While still partially sighted, she taught herself the first level of the Braille System for the Blind. She was employed by the Department of Family and Children Services until her retirement in 1980, and remained highly active until her death in 2006.