Flowers Gift Honors UT Counsel

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A former trustee and frequent benefactor of the University of Tennessee has established four endowments honoring the school’s general counsel and his wife.

Roy C. Flowers, a Middle Tennessee real estate developer who served on the UT Board of Trustees from 1991 to 1997, has donated land in Nashville and specified that the proceeds from its sale will fund scholarships named for Beauchamp and Virginia Brogan.

“My wife and I are extremely honored that someone would establish these sizeable endowments in our names rather than his own name,” said Brogan, who has been UT’s general counsel and secretary of the UT board since 1975. “His generosity speaks well for Roy.”

The property sale is expected to generate more than $375,000. Proceeds of the sale will be used to endow a professorship in the UT College of Law, a clinical professorship and a nursing assistantship in the College of Veterinary Medicine, and scholarships for the School of Music and the women’s tennis team.

Remaining funds will be added to the existing J.J. Bird Horticulture Endowment in the Institute for Agriculture, which commemorates Virginia Brogan’s father, who was a UT agricultural extension agent.

Flowers is a long-time supporter of UT’s athletic programs and a frequent donor to educational charities in Nashville, Brogan said.

Virginia Brogan is an accomplished musician who minored in piano at UT and played viola with the Knoxville Symphony.

Beauchamp Brogan graduated from UT in 1955 and completed his law degree at the University of Kentucky.