Archive for Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Alumni couple give $1 million to KU law school

August 8, 2012


A San Francisco alumni couple has donated $1 million to support scholarships and classroom renovations at the Kansas University School of Law.

Lydia Beebe and Chuck Doyle each earned two degrees from KU. Beebe earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1974 and her law degree in 1977. Doyle earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from KU in 1975 and a law degree in 1978.

“My husband and I felt like our education enabled us to have the lives that we have,” said Beebe, who works as corporate secretary and chief governance officer of Chevron Corp.

Doyle held management positions with United Airlines, where he worked from 1985 until his retirement in 2007.

Beebe’s parents, brother and brother-in-law graduated from KU Law. Beebe is serving on the law school’s advisory board for KU’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas.

“That’s really what inspired us to do this now, at this point in our lives,” Beebe said. “As government resources get harder and harder to come by, it’s more important for schools to build their endowments and really stay competitive.”

Stephen Mazza, dean of KU’s law school, said he appreciated the gift, which fits in with the school’s fundraising priorities.

“What it allows us to do is attract and retain the types of law students that we want to come to KU,” he said. “Other law schools are being very generous with their scholarship dollars, and we’ve got to step up and provide comparable scholarship support.”

All of the couple’s gift will be spent on scholarships except for $45,000 that will be devoted to renovating classrooms.

Mazza said the law school was anticipating the announcement of several more major gifts in the coming months. He said private support allowed KU to move much more quickly toward its goals.

“We just want to accelerate the progression of KU,” he said.


Flap Doodle 1 year, 8 months ago

You're more coherent that usual in your last few posts, bozo. Still bucking for that Order of Lenin?


autie 1 year, 8 months ago

I think it is great. I know one law student that really appreciates the scholarship support.



purplesage 1 year, 8 months ago

Good one. Andrew Lloyd Weber didn't write Scripute, by the way.

Still, I have really mixed feelings about huge endowments that become self-replenishing and not benefitting of helping average folks have a better life - or, maybe more precisely, a chance at a better life. On the other hand, i have no idea what KU Law will do with another million bucks. Will they scholarship aspiring lawyers who don't have wealthy parents to bankroll their education?


bevy 1 year, 8 months ago

For all the whiners and haters on this thread, consider this: Perhaps their generous gift will enable a student from a low-income family who might not have had the chance otherwise, to fulfill the dream of finishing law school. Perhaps it will help to educate some lawyers who will then go to work representing the poor and underprivileged. Good can be done in a multitude of ways, not all of them immediately obvious. More importantly, they chose to send their money back here, to Kansas, not to some school nearer to where they have built their lives and careers post-KU. Good for them!

Looks like there are a lot of cranky posters on the boards today. Maybe ya'll should have some graham crackers and milk and take a nice nap this afternoon. Almost always works for my whiny toddler.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 8 months ago

I hear Bernie Madoff wants to make a contribution, too.


ou812mr2 1 year, 8 months ago

Grab a calculator wilbur. $955,000.!


oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 8 months ago

Too bad the remaining $945,000. can't earn some good interest. I would like to know how the money is invested for the best return.


Dani Davey 1 year, 8 months ago

This is awesome! As a recent KU Law alum, thank you to Ms. Beebe and Mr. Doyle! And good work Dean Mazza, can't wait to hear the other soon-to-come announcements!


Patricia Davis 1 year, 8 months ago

Lovely idea and history with KU. Thank you for your generous heart and your generous gift.


Keith Richards 1 year, 8 months ago

Thanks to this couple for paying it forward. Very, very nice of you!


JackMcKee 1 year, 8 months ago

Thank you to this nice couple for their donation. It will be greatly appreciated. I hope they don't read these comments. How embarrassing.


jaywalker 1 year, 8 months ago

Saw the headline and just knew there had to be a couple misanthropes on here spilling their bile. How unbelievably pathetic.


patkindle 1 year, 8 months ago

ugly rumor is welcomed to donate a buttload of money to the homeless and hungry it is no one elses business what he does with HIS money

and we shold not be concerned


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 8 months ago

"Beebe, who works as corporate secretary and chief governance officer of Chevron Corp."

Chevron has a rather extensive list of human rights violations and support for despotic governments around the world. Maybe her next contribution should be towards a bit of restitution for the blood that's on the wealth she's accumulated.

That would really be paying it forward.


Fossick 1 year, 8 months ago

That is the very definition of "paying it forward."

As Ben Franklin wrote many years ago, "I do not pretend to give such a sum; I only lend it to you. When you meet with another honest man in similar distress, you must pay me by lending this sum to him, enjoining him to discharge the debt by a like operation, when he shall be able, and shall meet with another opportunity. I hope it may thus go thro' many hands before it meets with a knave that will stop its progress. This is a trick of mine for doing a deal of good with a little money."

Thank you both for your generous loan to the future. May it do a great deal of good before some knave lays ahold of it.


uglyrumor 1 year, 8 months ago

Would this money have been better spent helping the poor or feeding the hungry? I guess then you wouldn't get your name splattered all over campus.


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