Brigham Young University President Rex E. Lee has announced the distribution of a trust set up by the late Lucian M. Mecham Jr. and Sarah Katherine Brown Mecham of Mesa, Ariz.
The trust provided a substantial amount to be used at the "president's full discretion." In addition, the Mechams contributed $50,000 to endow a research fund in BYU's School of Accountancy.Also, at the Mecham family's request, the following scholarship endowments of $25,000 each have been established: the Lucian M. and Sarah Katherine Mecham Scholarship in Management and the Lucian M. and Sarah Katherine Mecham Scholarship in Spanish.
The Mechams' grandson, K. Fred Skousen, is dean of the Marriott School of Management.
"I am grateful that my grandparents will be honored through these two scholarships and the research endowment that carry their names. They left a legacy of commitment and love to our family."
The Mechams were both born in the Mormon colonies in Mexico. During the upheaval of the Mexican Revolution, their families left Mexico to find safer places to live. As a result, Lucian and Sarah first met in Douglas, Ariz.
They were married in Mesa, Ariz., in August 1916. The Mechams then moved to Logan, Utah, and Lucian attended Utah State University. After he graduated, they returned to Mexico where Lucian was superintendent of the Juarez Stake Academy. Ultimately, the family returned to Arizona and turned from teaching to business and farming ventures.
The Mechams were called to preside over the Mexico Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1950. While serving there, they organized the microfilming of church records throughout Mexico.