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Alumni gift supports the Elizabeth Llewellyn Robe Memorial Scholarship at Ohio University

ATHENS, Ohio (August 8, 2006) -- Dr. T. Richard and Eleanora K. Robe have contributed a $25,000 gift annuity to benefit the Elizabeth Llewellyn Robe Memorial Scholarship at Ohio University.

The Robe Memorial Scholarship was established in 1994 by Dr. and Mrs. Robe, in memory of Dr. Robe’s sister Elizabeth Llewellyn Robe. The scholarship supports students majoring in either geological sciences or geography.

Elizabeth Llewellyn Robe was born in Frazeysburg, Ohio in 1932 and attended Athens High School. She graduated with high honors from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in geography and a minor in geology. After receiving her master’s in geography and geology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1956, she began her career as a cartographer for the CIA in Washington, D.C. One of her duties during her 30-year CIA career was to prepare maps for the daily briefing of the President of the United States. Llewellyn Robe received several awards, including the international prize from the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping for her Berlin map in 1986. She died in July 1986.

Dr. Robe is dean emeritus of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology and also serves as director of the college’s Robe Leadership Institute. Robe’s career began at General Electric Company, where he served as an engineer from 1955 to 1960. It was during this time that Robe served in the United States Air Force as an officer and a pilot. Robe went on to become a professor at Ohio University from 1960 to 1963 and then moved on to Stanford University where he completed his doctorate. Before returning to Ohio University in 1980, Robe served at the University of Kentucky as an assistant dean, a professor and an ACE Fellow for 15 years and was awarded research fellowships to the Langley Research Center and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Robe served Ohio University until 1996. He received the University’s Medal of Merit in 1993, was named Alumnus of the Year in 1996 and was inducted into the Russ College’s Academy of Distinguished Graduates in April 2001. Robe has been a trustee of The Ohio University Foundation since 1998.

A gift annuity established by Dr. and Mrs. Robe is a charitable gift and financial planning device. Not as complicated as a “trust,” the gift annuity is an agreement under which The Ohio University Foundation, in return for a gift of cash or marketable securities, agrees to pay a fixed amount of money to one or two individuals annually for their lifetimes. A charitable gift annuity also provides tax benefits such as a charitable income tax deduction and partial avoidance of capital gains tax.

For more information on gift annuities and other planned giving vehicles, please contact Executive Director for Planned Giving Kelli Bell at 740-597-1819.

Chartered in 1804, Ohio University is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools at bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. Students come from every state in the union and 100 different countries. Presently enrolling more than 29,000 students on the Athens campus and five regional campuses, Ohio University offers 285 undergraduate majors through 10 academic colleges and the Center for International Studies. The university also offers master’s degrees in nearly all areas, 20 doctoral degrees and a doctoral degree in osteopathic medicine.

The Ohio University Foundation is the repository for all private gifts through annual giving programs, capital and special campaigns and planned or deferred gifts. The foundation is an institutionally related, non-profit, tax-exempt, 501c(3) organization.

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Media Contact: Director of Development Communication Jennifer Bowie at 740-597-2987 or bowiej@ohio.edu


 
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