ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 19, 2005) -- A civil engineering alumnus has made a major gift to the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University. Marv White, who graduated in 1947, recently established a $176,500 estate gift to benefit the dean's discretionary account.
White said the gift was a way to give back to Ohio University. "Several of my family members also attended Ohio University. I wanted to do something to benefit the university once I pass on," he said.
According to Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin, White's gift will have far-reaching effects. "The discretionary account touches many people because we can use the funds as needed, from supporting student projects to enhancing technology," Irwin said. "Thanks to discretionary monies, we recently were able to outfit some classrooms with tablet PCs as teaching aids."
White also will benefit from his gift. It was set up as a charitable remainder unitrust, which provides the donor with increased income for life and significant tax savings, among other benefits.
White and his wife, Ann, have a long history of supporting Ohio University. He served on the Russ College's Board of Visitors and is a member of the college's Academy of Distinguished Graduates. In 1976, Ohio University awarded him the Alumni Medal of Merit.
Co-founder of Interstate Gas Supply, now the largest privately owned gas marketing company in the Midwest, White was the youngest person to ever be inducted in the American Gas Association's "Hall of Flame." Prior to graduating from Ohio University, he served in the Navy during WWII as a radar technician.
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