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Release: Aug. 22, 2002

Lillibridge bequest leaves more than $1 million to the UI College of Education

An administrator who spent his entire career at the University of Iowa has left an estate gift of nearly $1.1 million to benefit the UI College of Education.

The bequest from William L. Lillibridge (left), who worked at the UI from 1961 to 1998, established the Marjorie A. Lillibridge Memorial Fund, named in honor of Lillibridge's late sister. William Lillibridge died in 2001.

The fund will be used at the discretion of the dean of the College of Education to support varied efforts such as providing student aid, fostering collaboration with Iowa's working teachers, keeping education students up to date with technology and maintaining relationships with alumni and emeritus faculty.

"We are very grateful for this gift," said Sandra Bowman Damico, dean of the College of Education. "Mr. Lillibridge understood both the importance of education in today's society and the college's goal of educating the next generation of teachers, counselors and administrators. His gift will benefit college students and educators for years to come. Undesignated gifts like this are rare -- that Mr. Lillibridge would leave such a gift to the College of Education is visionary."

Lillibridge received a 1959 bachelor's degree in business education and a 1961 master's degree in hospital and health administration, both from the UI. From 1972 to his retirement in 1998, Lillibridge was assistant dean in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. During this time, he was also business manager for the Medical Service Plan, executive director of the Faculty Practice Plan, and executive secretary for the Iowa Clinical Society of Internal Medicine. Born in New Hampton, Iowa, and having spent his entire career at the University of Iowa, Lillibridge was active in both collegiate and university affairs and was a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Hospital Association.

The UI College of Education enrolls approximately 1,100 undergraduate and 900 graduate students in four divisions: counseling, rehabilitation and student development; curriculum and instruction; educational policy and leadership studies; and psychological and quantitative foundations. The college also is home to the Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, and to the Iowa Testing Programs.

The Lillibridge gift is part of the UI's $850 million comprehensive campaign, which will run through 2005 and is being conducted under the guidance of the UI Foundation. "Good. Better. Best. Iowa: The Campaign to Advance Our Great University" is a seven-year fund-raising effort to help launch a variety of initiatives across the university, substantially increase the number of UI scholarships and endowed faculty positions, support new educational and research facilities, build the UI's endowment, and fund outreach and service programs to benefit Iowans.

The UI Foundation is the preferred channel for private contributions to all areas of the university. For more information about the Good. Better. Best. Iowa campaign, visit its web site at www.GoodBetterBestIowa.org