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Release: March 15, 1999

Estate gifts from Iowans, others create University of Iowa scholarships

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Four estate gifts totaling more than $1 million will expand student scholarships and instructional resources for students in the University of Iowa Colleges of Liberal Arts, Engineering and Business. The bequests, received by the University of Iowa Foundation late in 1998, came from UI alumni and friends in Iowa, Illinois, California and Florida.

A bequest of more than $330,000 from the estate of a retired Mason City music teacher will create the Donald L. Briceland String Scholarship for undergraduate students in the UI School of Music. An additional $10,000 gift from Briceland's estate will support the Himie Voxman Scholarship Fund. Donald L. Briceland grew up in Iowa City and attended the University of Iowa on a scholarship as an undergraduate. He received a fellowship to continue his graduate study where he studied with Himie Voxman, now an emeritus professor of music living in Iowa City. Briceland earned a bachelor's degree in music in 1953 and a master's degree in 1956. He died in August 1998.

Harriet R. Thorne of Pacific Palisades, Calif., designated nearly $400,000 of her estate for the UI College of Engineering in memory of her husband, Marion F. Thorne, who graduated from the UI in 1939 with a bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering. He died in 1985. One of Marion Thorne's most influential professors was the late Frederic G. Higbee, former head of the department of engineering drawing.

Harriet Thorne's bequest will expand the Frederic G. Higbee Memorial Fund, which supports student scholarships and improvements in engineering education. She died in 1997.

C. Frederick Strong of Monmouth, Ill., received his master's degree in history from the UI in 1930. His $200,000 estate gift will create endowments in the School of Religion and the department of history in the College of Liberal Arts. As he requested, the endowments will support fellowships for graduate students and provide resources for purchasing instructional materials. His gift to the department of history was made in memory of Winfred Trexler Root, a favorite professor. Strong died in 1997.

Also, the foundation received more than $250,000 from the estate of Zella Cleveland of Ocean Ridge, Fla., to fund scholarships for students in the College of Business. Cleveland was born in 1904 and attended the UI College of Business.

The UI Foundation is the preferred channel of support for private contributions to all areas of the University of Iowa. Foundation staff work with alumni and friends and their financial planners to help arrange deferred gifts to endow scholarships, fellowships and professorships and to fund research, technology purchases, facilities improvements and other UI programs and projects.