Kansas University programs will be $2.3 million richer, thanks to a bequest from a former president of the KU Endowment Association and his wife.
Chancellor Gene A. Budig announced today that the KU Endowment Association has established the Lloyd H. and Bernice C. Ruppenthal Fund with the unrestricted bequest and will use it to provide support for scholarships, fellowships, merit awards, minority recruitment, distinguished professorships, libraries, research, scholarly writing and visiting lectures.
"This marvelous gift will touch the lives of many deserving faculty and students," Budig said. "It will make KU a far better institution of higher learning in the future."
The late Lloyd H. "Rupe" Ruppenthal, who is known for his involvement with state politics and the KU Endowment Association, graduated from KU with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1923 and a law degree in 1925.
A RUSSELL native, he practiced law in McPherson County and also served twice as a state senator for McPherson and Harvey counties.
The bequest is not the first time Ruppenthal has helped the university financially. During his 35 years on the KU Endowment Association Board of Trustees, he served on the Council for Progress committee, which organized the first major fund-raising drive from 1966 to 1969.
In addition, both Ruppenthal and his wife, the late Bernice Cook Ruppenthal, were charter members of the Chancellors Club, KU's major donor organization, and were life members of the KU Alumni Association.
Before his death in 1987, Ruppenthal received two honors from the university: the Distinguished Service Citation, KU's highest honor for service to humanity; and the Fred Ellsworth Medallion for unique and significant service to the university.
BERNICE RUPPENTHAL graduated in 1923 with a bachelor's degree from KU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She worked at KU's Watson Library before marrying in 1926. She later worked as a Red Cross Gray Lady at McPherson Memorial Hospital until 1942 and was a supervisor of the McPherson County Red Cross surgical dressing production effort. She died in 1991.
The couple's bequest has been included in KU's fund drive, Campaign Kansas.