Thomas Andrew Sargent
Thomas Andrew Sargent received his B.A. from DePaw University, and his A.M., M.A.L.D., and Ph.D. from Fletcher
School Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
With, First National City Bank, New York City, 1959-1964; assistant accountant, First National City Bank, New York City,
1963-1964; assistant secretary, Irving Trust Company. New York City, 1964-1966; member of faculty, Ball State University,
Muncie, Indiana, 1969-1989; director London Center, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, 1973-1974; chairman political
science department, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, 1977-1980; professor political science, Ball State University,
Muncie, Indiana, 1979-1989; professor emeritus, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, since 1989; acting assistant to
dean College Sciences and Humanities, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, 1981-1982; associate dean College Sciences
and Humanities, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, 1982-1985; director special programs Minnetrista Center, Ball State
University, Muncie, Indiana, 1985-1987; director, E.B. Ball Center, Muncie, 1987-1989; director emeritus, E.B. Ball Center,
Muncie, since 1989.
Throughout his career Sargent served in positions in several professional organizations which included: Director of the E. B.
and Bertha C. Ball Center, at-large member of the Indiana Real Estate Commission, Minnetrista Cultural Center Board of
Governors, Delaware Historical Alliance President, and the Executive Director of the Indiana Consortium for International
Programs. He was the second vice president of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra board as well.
Due to his extensive service to Indiana, Sargent received the distinguished designation Sagamore of the Wabash from
Governor Robert D. Orr in 1989.
He is author of The Muncie Symphony Orchestra: Fifty Seasons of Music; Bracken House: A History and The House and
Its History (Ball State University, 1989), which describes the E. B. Ball house on Minnetrista Bo ulevard in Muncie, Ind.
Scope and Content : The Thomas A. Sargent papers include information about the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, manuscripts,
correspondence, interviews, audiocassettes, and photocopies of pictures of the orchestra through the years. The
CORRESPONDENCE file contains letters to and from colleagues, faculty members, friends, as well as his letters to the
publisher of his book, The Muncie Symphony Orchestra: Fifty Seasons of Music. The interview file contains
transcripts of Thomas A. Sargent's interviews with various people in music that were associated with the Muncie Symphony
Orchestra. The photocopies files contain pictures of the orchestra, members of the music faculty, as well as
distinguished visitor to the orchestra through the years. C. Brand, 7/12/2000
Life Trustee (Non-voting) of DePauw University - Thomas A. Sargent Professor Emeritus, Political Science
Director Emeritus, E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center Ball State University Muncie, IN
son of Thomas Edward Sargent & Inez (Secrest) Sargent
married Cecily Constance Fox-Williams Sargent Birth: 1 Apr 1939 Greater London, England Death: Aug. 14, 1985
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indianaand is buried Beech Grove Cemetery, Muncie, Delaware, Indiana
Cicily Sargent, 46, former president of the Muncie Symphony League and a leader in other civic and cultural activities,
died Thursday in Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, after a brief illness.
She was the wife of Dr. Thomas A. Sargent, acting associate dean of the Ball State University College of Science and
Humanities. The family home is at 801 N. Briar Road.
Mrs. Sargent was born in London, England. She was educated at Miss Faunce's School, London, and Wycombe Abbey
School, High Wycombe, Oxfordshire. She received secretarial training at Queens School, London, and was employed
for 3 years at J. Arthur Rank Ltd., London.
She moved to Muncie with her husband in 1969.
Mrs. Sargent was a member of the board of directors of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and had been a board member
and president of the Muncie Symphony League. During the spring of this year, she led the symphony's subscription drive
and organized the board of the Eastern Indiana Youth Orchestra.
She also was on the board of directors of Alpha chapter of Psi Iota Xi sorority and had been chapter vice president and
acting president. She had been board chairman of Alpha Center. Mrs. Sargent was a member of the board of the
Riley-Jones Club and corresponding secretary of University Wives and Women. She was a member of Muncie Art Students
League and the Art Alliance. She was chairman of the Arts Committee of High Street United Methodist Church.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Andrew, and daughter, Sarah, both at home; a step-grandmother,
Mrs. Charles J. Fox of Laguna Hills, Calif.; two aunts, Julian Heathcote-Williams of London, and Muriel Tester of Somerset,
England, and several cousins.
Memorials may be sent to the Muncie Symphony Orchestra Sustaining Fund. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in High
Street United Methodist Church. Cremation will follow. Family will receive callers at the church an hour before services Saturday.
Meeks Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Sarah Beatrice Sargent and Charles Hetzel Jr. were married June 18 in Muncie, Ind. The bride has a bachelor's degree from DePauw
University, Greencastle, Ind. She is pursuing a public relations career. Her parents are Thomas and Frances Sargent of
Muncie and the late Cecily Constance Sargent. Her father is a professor at Ball State University in Muncie. Her stepmother
is a homemaker. The groom has a bachelor's degree from DePauw University. He is an employee benefits consultant with Hewitt
Associates in Lincolnshire. chicago tribune
Andrew Fox Sargent married Rebecca
Married 2nd Frances Bramble
| Muncie, IN—Frances Petty Sargent, 77, passed away on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 in Muncie.
A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, community volunteer, and philanthropist, she will be dearly missed in the Muncie community
and beyond by family and friends alike.
Frances was born on October 9, 1940 in Richmond, Virginia, the daughter of William Lang Bramble and Frances Huntley Bramble.
Frances attended The Collegiate School for girls, graduating in 1959 and St. Mary’s Junior College in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Following work in Richmond as an office manager and legal secretary,
Frances married Edmund F. Petty of Muncie, Indiana in 1967. She quickly became involved in the Muncie community, dedicating her
time to various arts organizations and projects. In addition to Ed’s two children, Edmund F. Petty Jr. and Carolyn Jill Petty, Frances
and Ed had two children, Frank Ball Petty and Elizabeth Petty McClinchie. While raising her children, Frances dedicated time to serving
on the board of Ball Stores which the Petty family owned and operated. Throughout their marriage, Frances, Ed, and their children
spent significant time with the extended Ball family in Leland, Michigan. Leland remained near and dear to Frances’ heart throughout
Following her husband Edmund’s death in 1985, Frances honored his legacy with the establishment of the Edmund F. Petty Memorial
Lecture Series at the David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University, Muncie Indiana. She was a founding member and president
of the Museum’s Art Alliance and continued to be a generous donor to the museum as well as a volunteer.
In 1987, Frances married Thomas A. Sargent with whom she spent the next three decades. She became step-mother to Sarah and
The couple traveled frequently, often spending winters in Naples, Florida and visiting family in Leland, Michigan and Culver, Indiana.
Affectionately known as “Gran Fran,” Frances took great joy in spending time with her grandchildren. She had a thoughtful, caring,
and encouraging spirit that endeared her to many others who also fondly referred to her as “Gran Fran.”
Frances was passionate about honoring her family’s history. She co-authored a book titled Stone on Stone which captured the memoirs
of her mother-in-law, Margaret Ball Petty. Frances also dedicated herself to supporting the creation and evolution of Minnetrista in Muncie
Indiana. In addition to serving for many years on Minnetrista’s board of directors and philanthropically supporting the organization, Frances
worked tirelessly as a member of the Oakhurst Advisory Committee, seeing through major renovations to the historic G.A. Ball family home.
Over the years, Oakhurst and its surrounding gardens have become one of Muncie’s most treasured gems, a testament—in part—to
Frances’ ongoing support and dedication.
Several recent accomplishments were particularly meaningful to Frances. The re-installation of the Passing of the Buffalo sculpture by Cyrus
Dallin in the new Walnut Street roundabout in downtown Muncie was a fitting tribute to the Petty family as the piece had originally been
donated to the City of Muncie in 1976 by the Margaret Ball Petty foundation in honor of Frances’ late father-in-law Fred J. Petty and
overseen by Frances’ late husband Ed. Additionally, just a few months before her passing, Frances was honored with the 2017 “Lifetime
Achievement Award” at the Mayor’s Arts Awards.
Frances’ other community and civic contributions over the years were significant and included: A member of the Ball Memorial Hospital
Foundation board of directors, member of initial board of WIPB-TV, member of board of directors of the Margaret Ball Foundation, member
of the board of Historic Muncie, president of the Muncie Art Students’ League, president and chairman of the Philanthropic Committee of
the Alpha chapter of Psi Iota Xi Philanthropic Sorority, vice chair of the Indiana Humanities Council, member of various Ball State University
campaign committees and the Fellows of the President’s Club, member of the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, member
of the board of directors of Indiana Citizens for the Arts, and founding member of the Muncie Center for the Arts (now Cornerstone Center
for the Arts), among others. She established the volunteer program at the E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center for University and community
programs. A number of endowments and scholarship funds at various arts and cultural organizations in Muncie were started by Frances.
Finally, Frances was a member of Muncie’s First Presbyterian Church and served as a deacon.
Frances was also an accomplished artist in her own right, painting and studying each winter under Marco Bronzini in Naples, Florida.
Preceding Frances in death were her father, mother, and first husband Edmund F. Petty. Surviving family members include her husband,
Thomas A. Sargent of Muncie; a sister, Elizabeth (Mann) Bramble Brown of Richmond, Virginia; a son, Frank(Angie) Petty of Traverse City,
Michigan; a daughter Elizabeth (Michael) McClinchie of Westerville, Ohio; Edmund (Jane) Petty of New Rochelle, New York, Carolyn Jill
(Chris Clayhold) Petty of Portland, Oregon, Sarah (Charles) Hetzel of Libertyville, Illinois and Andrew (Rebecca) Sargent of Malvern, '
Pennsylvania and thirteen grandchildren, Elliott, Edmund and Eli Petty; Margaret and Abigail Kaye, Maddy McClinchie; Alec Petty; Nick
Petty and Zach Clayhold; William and Cecily Hetzel; Sylvia and Miranda Sargent.
Funeral Services will be held in Muncie December 28, 2017, at 11:30 am, at First Presbyterian Church, 1400 W. Riverside Ave. Interment
will follow at Beech Grove Cemetery.
Friends and family may call at First Presbyterian Church on Thursday, December 28, 2017, from 9:30 am until service time at 11:30 am.
The family suggests that donations in Frances’ memory be directed to The Minnetrista Cultural Center and Oakhurst Gardens,1200 N.
Minnetrista Parkway, Muncie, In 47303 or Passing of The Buffalo fund at the Muncie and Delaware County Community Foundation, 201
E. Jackson St. #100, Muncie, IN 47305.