Gifts made possible by the trusts and estates of friends and alumni provided $104 million during the Anniversary Campaign for Princeton and touched every area of campus life.
Bequest of President Emeritus Dodds Funds Fellowship
"We intend to be the progenitors of a stronger Princeton, not merely beneficiaries,” declared Princeton’s fifteenth president Harold W. Dodds *14 at the Bicentennial Convocation in 1947.
Dodds’ bequest, received almost 50 years after he made this speech, benefited a fellowship fund named for his wife, Margaret. The current Dodds Fellow is Edouard Schaal in the Department of Economics. Schaal has a BS from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and plans to work on macroeconomic theory.
(Pictured: Dodds Fellow Edouard Schaal, Photo: Andrea Kane)
Althea Ward Clark's Bequest Benefits Literature and Science
Althea Ward Clark was the widow of novelist Howard G.B. Clark ’21. Her unrestricted bequest of $9 million was directed to purposes that reflect her interests in literature and nature. Her husband was honored through the creation of the Howard G. B. Clark ’21 University Professor in the Humanities, which is currently held by Paul B. Muldoon, chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts. The University also established a public reading series in her name, which brings well-known writers to campus to read from their work.
The bequest also created a challenge fund in the amount of $4.1 million, for the benefit of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Princeton Environmental Institute. The challenge fund was fully matched during the campaign to create a professorship, scholarships, and fellowships.
(Pictured: Paul B. Muldoon, Howard G. B. Clark '21 University Professor in the Humanities (Photo: Andrea Kane); Novelist Jodi Picault '87, who read from her work in the Althea Ward W21 Reading Series in the Fall of 2007 (Photo: David Levenson))
E. Bronson Ingram '53 Created Opportunity for Students
Bequests totaling over $30 million made a substantial contribution to the expansion of the financial aid program. The E. Bronson Ingram ’53 Scholarship, created through Ingram’s bequest in 1995, has benefited 49 students to date. The recipients of the Ingram scholarship for this year are Matthew L. Edwards ’10; Jessica Gheiler ’08; Blake Sercye ’08; and Katherine Naa-Okailey Welbeck ’09.
(Pictured: Ingram scholars (from left): Matthew L. Edwards ’10; Blake Sercye ’08; and Katherine Naa-Okailey Welbeck ’09; Jessica Gheiler ’08 is not pictured. Photo: Andrea Kane)
Beatrix Farrand's Legacy of Beauty on Campus
Alumni and visitors who are inspired by the beauty of Princeton’s campus are surrounded by the work and legacy of Beatrix Farrand W1892, Princeton’s first consulting landscape architect. Farrand believed in offering the eye beautiful vistas, and spent three decades—from 1912 to 1943—shaping and designing walkways, courtyards and gardens, as well as supervising the key plantings—wisteria, southern magnolia, climbing hydrangeas amongst them—around buildings.
Farrand had a final gift to Princeton, which was received during the last campaign. Her bequest of over $3 million has been used for many improvements on campus, including the renovation of Hamilton courtyard in 2000, an area she had designed many decades earlier. Bequests from many other alumni and friends also contributed millions of dollars to campus improvements and the building of many new landmarks, including the Frist Campus Center and the new stadium.