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Clarke Receives $1.1 Million Estate Gift

posted on May 8, 2007

Clarke College President Joanne M. Burrows, SC, Ph.D. is pleased to announce that the College recently received a gift from the estate of Mary Virginia Splinter Nicklaus, a 1943 alumna, totaling $1.1 million.

The gift has two components, funding for an endowed scholarship and for the renovation and enhancement of campus facilities. “Mary Virginia had the foresight to look ahead and designate funding that would most benefit the College,” said Burrows. “Her gift will assist us in enhancing the future of Clarke College. Facilities play an important role in providing the quality education we are known for. The ability to make more effective learning and living spaces will greatly benefit the College.”

Burrows said that the College is closely examining possible options for the gift in order to be the best possible stewards of the funding.

Nicklaus, who was living in Lincolnshire, Ill., and formerly of Dubuque, died in July at the age of 84. She was born on January 6, 1922, in Dubuque to Harry and Agnes (Egelhof) Splinter. Early in her childhood, she moved to Milwaukee, Wis., with her family.

Following graduation from Milwaukee schools, she entered Clarke College and graduated in 1943. In 1945, she married George Edward Nicklaus, who graduated from Loras College and served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. Both Mary and her husband received master’s degrees in Madison, Wis. They moved to the Chicago area, where she worked briefly in social services. They enjoyed extensive traveling during retirement.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (536)588-6318.

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