CONTACT: ALAN SWANSON
UI Foundation News
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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