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Bera Beauchamp Foard of Doniphan, MO, was a graduate of the Southeast Missouri State Teachers College class of 1935. She was a reporter for the Capaha Arrow, a member of the Clio Literary Society, a club which promoted literary and music appreciation, and vice-president of the Kappa Delta Pi Fraternity of education. 

In 1925 Foard wrote the Alma Mater of Doniphan High School.  When Southeast Missouri State Teachers College held a contest  for an Alma Mater, in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the college, Foard enter.  The
judges selected Foard’s entry and it became the Southeast Missouri State Teachers College's Alma Mater in 1948.
 
Special Collections and Archives houses four holograph, signed poems by Foard including “Alma Mater of the Doniphan [Mo] High School, 1925,” as well as carbon typescript of “Commemoration Ode” by Foard written in honor of Southeast Missouri State Teachers College Diamond Jubilee celebration.  
 
Click on the links below to read some of Abernathy's works:
 
"Frost in my Garden," a poem.
"Alma Mater of Southeast Missouri State University"
 
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