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Courter family gift benefits Colleges of Law and Education

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An Iowa family with many ties to the University of Iowa has made generous gifts in memory of Lloyd W. Courter, a UI graduate who died in 1995. The gifts to the UI Foundation will benefit the Colleges of Law and Education.

Lloyd W. Courter earned his business degree in 1957 and law degree in 1959 and was an attorney in Boone, Iowa, for more than 35 years. The family's gifts will establish the Lloyd W. Courter Law Library Fund and the Sally Hahn Courter Education Scholarship Fund.

The gifts were made by Courter's wife, Sally Hahn Courter of Boone, who earned a bachelor's degree from the UI in 1959, and their sons, Jeff of West Des Moines, Bill of Cedar Rapids, and John of Des Moines. Jeff and Bill graduated from the UI College of Law in 1987 and 1991, respectively. John received a law degree from Drake University in 1991.

In addition to outright contributions, the family established a charitable remainder trust. Upon termination of the trust, a percentage of the charitable remainder will be added to the Lloyd W. Courter Law Library Fund for general support of the Iowa Law School Library. A percentage also will be used to create the Sally Hahn Courter Education Scholarship Fund for student scholarships in the College of Education. These scholarships are for students enrolled in elementary education or a program which allows elementary certification, such as mathematics, foreign language, art, music, and English as a Second Language.

Lloyd Courter was an active volunteer, serving on the city council, school board, a bank board, church organizations, and many other community groups, and helping to bring cable television to Iowa. He was a member of the Iowa Law School Foundation Board of Trustees and the UI Alumni Association. Lloyd and Sally qualified as members of the Presidents Club, which recognizes the most generous contributors to the University of Iowa.

"Our gifts to the University of Iowa make perfect sense because Dad's successes resulted from his personal drive to work hard but also from the great education he received at the UI," Jeff Courter said.

"We all wanted to create a legacy to honor Dad at the Law School," he continued. "Dad was a real believer in education, and the Law Library is a facility for all students. He respected and loved the university where he received his business and law degrees."

The family will be honored during a luncheon with the Iowa Law School Foundation Board of Trustees Friday, Oct. 24 in Iowa City.

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.