Columbia College Affinity Magazine: Summer 2020

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ON A HIGH NOTE Dillingham family carries on musical and philanthropic legacy Francis Dillingham ’29

The Dillingham family’s roots run deep through the history of Columbia College. It started with Roxy Woods graduating from Christian College in 1902, followed by her nieces Frances Dillingham ’29 and Louise Thompson ’33, and several relatives and family friends over the years. As a young man, John Dillingham heard the story of when his grandmother passed away in 1933, and Aunt Louise was driven home to Kansas City by Christian College President Edgar Lee in order to be able to attend her and Frances’ mother’s funeral.

Summer 2020

At the turn of the century, the Thompson and Dillingham


14 Cars line the path outside Missouri Hall, which was built in 1920 and used as a student dormitory for 65 years. Today, the first-floor conference room is dedicated in Francis Dillingham’s honor.