Beverly Robertson Yeagley, AHS ’61, was the daughter of John and Virginia Robertson and spouse of William Yeagley. She was an English teacher at West Branch High School at the time of her passing. Her memorial, in the 1966 West Branch Warrior yearbook, reprinted here in-part, best described her passion for teaching and the impact she made on her students:
A MEMORIAL TO BEVERLY ROBERTSON YEAGLEY Beverly Robertson Yeagley came to West Branch High School as a teacher in our English Department in September, 1965. Mrs. Yeagley was a graduate of Alliance High School and Kent State University. She was assigned to our senior English classes and immediately embarked upon her chosen career, a teacher of English. Being a truly dedicated person, she had one ambition - that of preparing the girls and boys to communicate their thoughts and ideals in both written and oral communication. It was but a short time until
she had won the respect of her students, even though she insisted upon their working to their maximum ability. It was with heavy hearts that our faculty, students, and community received word of Beverly Robertson Yeagley’s passing away on January 22, 1966. Even though the privilege of having Beverly Yeagley with us but a short time, she will leave her footprints stamped upon the minds of her students as being one of their outstandingteachers. She will be missed by all.
In 1994, the Beverly Robertson Yeagley Memorial Scholarship, having been established in 1966, had provided AHS graduates with more than $27,000 in scholarships. At that time, due to administrative costs and low interest rates, Beverly’s parents, John and Virginia Robertson decided to transfer their daughter’s memorial scholarship fund to the Alliance High School Foundation to take advantage of the Foundation’s ability to earn higher interest.