Agnes Locke: Celebrating Inquiring Minds
"I learned it was not a good idea to call or visit my mother on Friday evenings," said Bob Locke, son of Agnes Locke. "She was watching her favorite programs on WOSU TV. She started with the NewsHour and continued with all the other news analysis and financial programs."
Bob Locke remembers his mother's commitment to staying current on important issues and taking a serious interest in the news of the world.
"She made an effort to stay well informed and her appreciation of WOSU TV came from her belief that public television provides real news, and balanced, intelligent analysis."
Agnes Locke was a teacher and became a student again when she retired. She attended classes through OSU's "Program 60," a service of the Office of Continuing Education that encourages Ohio residents to take classes in areas of interest to them. Mrs. Locke took courses in history, and also participated in Elder Hostel trips. "She wasn't one to take a cruise to a tropical island and be a tourist; she wanted to have serious experiences and learn something about the areas she visited," Mr. Locke said.
Locke remembers his mother as a great reader and a true life-long learner. "She had a wonderful mind, and believed that public television served people who want to be well informed and entertained with great programs about music, nature, and literature."
Locke smiled broadly when he said, "She never watched network TV; only WOSU." He said that his mother's estate gift to WOSU reflected her opinion that she had a responsibility to support the things that had real value to her.
"WOSU received the largest gift from her estate, and that says a lot," Locke shared. "She wanted to give others the opportunity to appreciate what WOSU TV did for her—it encouraged her to think and to be curious about the world."