Release Date: 12/3/1999
CLARKSVILLE, Ark. --- Ozarks students will have a new housing option when the Spring semester starts Jan. 18, thanks to the generosity of General and Mrs. Victor Cary of Houston, Texas. The Cary's are the principal donors toward the construction of a new, 20-bed, apartment-style residence hall nearing completion just east of Ozarks' Mabee Gymnasium.
Named Cary-Wortz Hall, the 5,600 sq. ft. structure will be named Cary-Wortz Hall in honor of the General and his wife, Alice, and in memory of Mr. C.H. Wortz of Fort Smith. Cary was a long-time friend and business associate of Mr. Wortz, and became chairman of the Wortz Cracker Co. in 1988.
Cary-Wortz Hall is the first of up to four new residence halls under development as part of the University's $55 million Campaign To Preserve the Pride, To Keep the Promise. Carefully designed to match the architectural themes of the university, yet maintain a home-like quality, the new hall keeps Ozarks in step with national campus housing trends that offer more living options to college students. Designed with a student's comfort in mind, Cary-Wortz Hall also features a number of practical elements like special study areas, steel reinforced storm shelters, and handicapped accessibility.
"With a rapidly growing enrollment of over 12 percent this fall, the Cary's generous gift could not have come at a better time for our students. The Cary's are true champions of our educational mission," said Ozarks president, Dr. Rick Niece.
A member of Ozarks' Board of Trustees, General Cary was born in Richmond, Va., and joined military service through the Virginia National Guard in 1934 as an infantryman with the rank of private. He served in the European Theatre during World War II, and retired from the U.S. Army in 1970 with the rank of brigadier general. In 1971, Cary joined the Ft. Smith-based Wortz Co., and became active in numerous civic organizations, including the William O. Darby Ranger Memorial Foundation. His service to the City of Fort Smith was recognized in 1997, when he received the Fort Smith Heritage Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. Mrs. Cary is a retired teacher of literature, with special expertise in the symbolism and imagery of the works of Shakespeare.