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Former president’s son donates trees to Ferrum College
The 17 Japanese maple saplings will be planted around campus
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Courtesy Photo: Luther Derby Jr. has donated 17 Japanese maple trees to Ferrum College. Above, from left, Derby, Gari Gallagher, Ed Seagraves and Jay Prillaman, grounds manager, unload the gift.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Ferrum College received a gift of 17 Japanese maple trees this week from Luther Derby Jr., whose father -- Luther J. Derby Sr. -- was the college's president from 1943 to 1948.

Two of the trees will be planted near the college bookstore. Five more will be planted next to Franklin Hall, and 10 others will go next to the soon-to-be completed Ferrum College YMCA.

The gift includes several varieties of Japanese maples, which will add to the natural beauty of the campus, said John Carlin, director of public relations for the college.

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