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Clarke Announces Largest Gift in School History

posted October 30, 2009

At a news conference today, Clarke University announced the largest donation in the school’s history with a $10 million gift from the estate of Marie Moles Miske, a 1942 graduate of the college.

Miske, who named Clarke the primary beneficiary of her estate, chose to direct the gift toward the college’s endowment fund. Clarke’s endowment is invested for the long-term benefit of the school and to further the institutional mission.

“Marie was a simple woman who often spoke of the impact Clarke had on her life,” said Clarke President Joanne M. Burrows, SC, Ph.D. “Through this historic gift, her generosity will have a lasting impact on Clarke students now and into the future. Earnings from the endowment help provide students with access to Clarke’s quality Catholic education by supporting student financial aid and academic programs – both of which Marie valued.”

Marie Miske graduated from Clarke in 1942 with a bachelor of arts degree in food and nutrition. She went on to serve as a captain in the United States Army during World War II. In this role, she was stationed in the South Pacific as a dietician in the Medical Corps under the Surgeon General.

She went on to become a dietician administrator supervising 21 schools in the Evanston, Ill., school district and was employed by the Walgreen’s Corporation for 15 years.  Miske passed away on March 23, 2007, at the age of 86.

 “This gift is a blessing to Clarke University,” said Thomas V. Lynch, CLU/ChFC, chair of the college’s Board of Trustees. “It will allow us to grow and perpetuate the college’s endowment, which is important in ensuring the institution’s long-term health. We expect that as the economy continues to strengthen, we will see great rewards from Marie’s gift.”

For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

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