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Clarke Announces $1 Million Real Estate Gift to Create President’s Residence

By Clarke News  |  August 6, 2009

At a campus reception today, Thursday, Aug. 6, Clarke College announced that Charles Stoltz, of Dubuque, has generously donated real estate and furnishings valued at over $1 million to the college. The gift will be used to establish a president’s residence for the College. The gift was made in honor of Charles’ late wife Jean Wahlert Stoltz, who was a 1963 graduate of Clarke College.

“With Chuck’s most generous gift, Clarke College will benefit from a president’s home,” said Clarke President Joanne M. Burrows, SC, Ph.D. “The home will provide a beautiful space to entertain alumni, donors and friends of the college. It is a fitting tribute to Jean, who so loved Clarke College and the experience she had here.” The new president’s residence is located in the Links Glen subdivision of Dubuque.

“Both Jean and I have always been believers in the well-rounded education that comes from attending a small, private college,” said Stoltz. “She could have attended college anywhere, but selected Clarke and greatly enjoyed her experience there.  Her connection to the mission of Clarke makes this gift very special.”

Jean Stoltz, who passed away in 2009, graduated from Clarke with a degree in psychology. She enjoyed serving her community and was a member of the Catholic Mothers’ Club, Sunshine Circle of Finley Hospital, the Seniors Board of the Visiting Nurses Association and the School Board at St. Columbkille’s School. She also volunteered at all of her children’s schools and was particularly fond of working in the school library. Both Charles and Jean have been generous contributors to many Dubuque-area organizations and charities.