Marquette University gets $1 million from alumnus

April 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM

MILWAUKEE, April 19 (UPI) -- Marquette University in Wisconsin was given $1 million posthumously by an alumnus whose daughters and son also graduated from the school.

School President Scott Pilarz announced the donation, to go toward merit-based awards and annual support for professional faculty and staff development, from the estate of Robert Olson, a Davenport, Iowa, man who left his daughters Peg and Jane and son Steve in charge of directing his endowment, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday.

"This generous contribution from a legacy family will allow us to continue a larger drive for new excellence at Marquette University," Pilarz said. "This gift offers an incredible opportunity for future generations of Marquette students to begin their own legacies by sharing their talents, dreams and hopes for the future."

The two daughters and son evenly divided the money among their areas of interest; communication, physical therapy and student leadership.

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