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In Memoriam: Honoring Mrs. Bronson

The First Lady Of Bethune-Cookman University.
Mrs. Helen Williams Bronson

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The Wildcat community lost a dear friend, a dedicated advocate, and a wonderful human being.

"She was a glorious woman,” said Lynn Thompson, B-CU’s vice president of athletics and who knew Mrs. Bronson most of his life. Personally, this touches me deeply; she had such an impact on my life. She really became the heir to Dr. Bethune’s legacy."

“Mrs. Bronson lived a life committed to sharing and protecting the legacy of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune’s mission to create access to education for young black men and women. Together with her husband, the Bronsons spent nearly three decades raising the public’s awareness and respect for B-CU while also creating a campus life where students know they matter to the institution,” said Belvin Perry, Chairman of B-CU’s Board of Trustees.

B-CU President Dr. LaBrent Chrite shared, “This is a tremendous loss of an iconic leader who cared deeply for and accomplished much for Bethune-Cookman University. She was beloved by several generations and deservedly so.”

For nearly three decades, Mrs. Bronson served beside her husband who is recognized for ensuring access to quality education for African American students, growing enrollment from 1,520 to 2,794 students and for increasing the college’s endowment from $6.2 million to $51.4 million. Despite their shared commitment to growing the college, generations of students, some of whom now work at B-CU, remember them as a loving couple who created a family and a spiritual culture at B-CU that welcomed and cared for all. And all remember her love for playing piano.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider commemorating the legacy of Mrs. Helen Bronson, by making a gift to support the Dr. and Mrs. Oswald P. Bronson Scholarship Fund at Bethune-Cookman University.  Gifts can be made by using the form below or by contacting Mr. Sean Lyn, Director of Alumni Affairs at 386-481-2928 or  This scholarship provides tuition assistance to well-deserving undergraduate students at Bethune-Cookman University.


To read more about Mrs. Bronson's many contributions to our local community please click here.


About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship, and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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