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Release: Immediate

Attorney's gift benefits UI College of Law Library

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A future gift to the Iowa Law School Foundation will be used to enhance computer technology in the law library at the UI College of Law.

Donald W. Jurgemeyer of Columbus, Ind., established a charitable remainder trust in memory of his brother, Louis L. Jurgemeyer, who graduated in 1942 from the UI College of Law and died in 1980. The funds will become available at the expiration of the trust. In recognition of the gift, a room housing components of the Law Library Computer Facilities will be named for Louis Jurgemeyer.

"This generous gift is a fitting tribute to Louis Jurgemeyer, his brother, and the entire Jurgemeyer family," College of Law Dean N. William Hines said. "Long-term support from the Jurgemeyers and other friends of the UI College of Law will help us maintain our margin of excellence in legal research. This gift guarantees our students will have convenient access to state-of-the-art computer equipment and the latest research technology."

Donald Jurgemeyer and his wife, Catherine, were recognized April 18 at a dinner of the Iowa Law School Foundation Board of Trustees.

Donald Jurgemeyer received his bachelor's degree in economics from the UI in 1942 and a law degree from Drake University in 1950. He has been in private practice in Columbus since 1964. He previously was senior vice president and trust officer at Irwin Union Bank and Trust Co. in Columbus. He is past president of the Indiana State Bar Association and former regent of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

"The charitable remainder trust gives me the satisfaction of recognizing my brother, Louis, and the College of Law," Jurgemeyer said. "Louis exemplified good scholarship. He was an outstanding student and attorney and was well known as the Iowa state chairman of the Republican Party when Dwight Eisenhower was elected. The gift will provide enhancements to prepare the law library for the next century."

The Jurgemeyer gift is among the first for the College of Law's endowment campaign for endowed faculty chairs and distinguished professorships, student scholarships, the law library, enhanced technology, and program support.

The Iowa Law School Foundation is the preferred channel of support for private gifts to the UI College of Law. The foundation works with alumni, law firms, friends, and corporations to assist them in providing support to the college's students, faculty, and programs.

The University of Iowa Foundation, the UI's campus-wide fund-raising organization, serves as the channel of support to the Iowa Law School Foundation by providing professional and technical support services.