WWU Students to Observe Arbor Day by Planting Memorial Tree

William Woods University’s newest student organization, “Knowing the Woods,” plans to observe Arbor Day this year by honoring the memory of Donald J. Dobson, a former WWU and Fulton High School teacher and coach.


Kelcie Spradley, “Knowing the Woods” president, and Jenna Brown, WWU student and former student of Coach Dobson, will both speak at the event, which will be held outside the Weider Fitness Center on WWU campus at 4:30 p.m. April 6. Members of his family plan to attend, and the event is open to the community.


Thanks to the generosity of Bill Spradley of Trees, Forests, Landscapes Inc. in Kirkwood, Mo., and Mike Rood of Pea Ridge Forest in Hermann, Mo., the club will plant a Cherokee Princess Dogwood tree in memory of Dobson.


Dobson was born in Aurora, Colo., in1952, and died in Fulton Feb. 8, 2010. A graduate of Southwest Missouri State University and the University of Missouri, he earned a master of education degree in administration from William Woods University in 1999.


A longtime health and physical education teacher for Fulton Public Schools, he most recently served as an assistant principal and head coach of both the girls’ and boys’ track and cross country teams at Fulton High School. He was also an adjunct professor in physical education at William Woods University.


For more information on the tree-planting, contact Sharon Mather, WWU advisor for “Knowing the Woods,” at (573) 592-4393 or sharon.mather@williamwoods.edu.