Throughout the years, bequests have contributed substantially to Hamilton’s success in building its endowment, providing much-needed funds for scholarship aid, faculty support and improved academic facilities and services. Today, testamentary gifts from alumni, parents and other friends help assure Hamilton’s continued strength and standing among the nation’s leading colleges. With grateful appreciation, we acknowledge the following bequests received from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.
Under Will from the Taylor S., Class of 1914, and Patti Abernathy Trust of Kansas City, a distribution of $8,500, as an annual income payment, to be distributed in perpetuity. An unrestricted bequest, the funds support the Patti and Taylor Abernathy Scholarship, with preference given to students from the Midwest.
From the estate of Richard W. Couper ’44 of Clinton, N.Y., a distribution of $51,466.52 to be added to The Patricia Pogue and Richard Watrous Couper Library Fund. Previous distributions total $3,729,462.46. A distinguished educational leader and a charter and life trustee, Mr. Couper was Hamilton’s first administrative vice president and served as acting president from 1966 to 1968. In 1971, he was appointed as the first full-time president and chief executive officer of the New York Public Library; later, he became president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Following his retirement, Mr. Couper returned to Clinton with his wife Patsy, where they continued, and she continues, to serve the College in countless and generous ways.
From the estate of Robert L. deCourcy ’38 of New Milford, Conn., father of John R. deCourcy ’66, a bequest of $1,000 for general purposes. Mr. deCourcy began his career as an actuarial trainee with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., however after a few years he turned to teaching mathematics while earning an M.A. in mathematics education from Columbia University. In 1949, he joined his wife’s family business the Washington Supply Co. Managing that business led to his involvement in numerous civic activities and serving as an officer in several lumber and retail associations. In recognition of his many contributions to Hamilton, he received the Bell Ringer Award in 2011.
From the estate of Muriel Doyle, widow of David Doyle ’39 of Kendall, N.Y., an unrestricted bequest of $80,000 added to the $650,000 previously received for quasi endowment and, by board resolution, temporarily restricted for scholarships in Mr. Doyle’s name with preference given to students from Orleans County. After serving in the U.S. Army, Mr. Doyle obtained his master’s degree in educational administration from Columbia University. He retired as the superintendent of the Kendall Central Schools, a position he held for 25 years.
Under Will from a trust established by Antoine du Bourg ’53 of Newport, R.I., an unrestricted distribution of $240,000 added to the $1,313,206.12 previously received for quasi endowment and, by board resolution, temporarily restricted for scholarships in Mr. du Bourg’s name for students who are interested in music and the arts. Following graduation, Mr. du Bourg spent 47 years teaching physics and music at the Pingry School of New Jersey where he encouraged numerous students to attend Hamilton. He then served on the faculty at St. George’s School in Rhode Island where he continued to teach music, giving lessons to beginning musicians and directing the brass ensemble.
From the estate of Carolyn C. Ellis, widow of David M. Ellis ’38 of Albany, N.Y., an unrestricted bequest of $1,632,423.77 for general purposes. The funds were added to quasi endowment and, by board resolution, established The Carolyn C. and David M. Ellis ’38 Distinguished Teaching Professorship. David Ellis earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. He became one of the leading authorities of New York State history before retiring in 1980 as the Publius Virgilius Professor of American History after 34 years of teaching at Hamilton. Before her marriage, Carolyn Ellis was a home economics professor at Cornell University having received a B.S. degree from Temple University and an M.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University. After relocating to Clinton, she was an active volunteer for numerous organizations in the greater Utica area. David Ellis served Hamilton and other local organizations as a volunteer throughout his adult life.
From the estate of Harold L. Ferris, Jr. ‘52 of St. Petersburg, Fla., and son of Harold L., Class of 1906, a bequest of $25,000 for general purposes. Mr. Ferris prepared for college at the Deerfield Academy and followed his father to College Hill. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he joined the Automobile Mutual Insurance Co. of America where he remained as an underwriter until his retirement. Mr. Ferris was an active alumnus, serving Hamilton in many volunteer roles, and a master swimmer.
Under Will from a trust established by Eleanor F. Green of Schenectady, N.Y., additional unrestricted distributions of $66,076.14 to be added to the $510,555.49 previously received. Mrs. Green’s husband, John G. Green, president of the Daily Gazette Co. and publisher of the Schenectady Gazette until his death in 1964, received an honorary doctorate from Hamilton in 1958. The bequest has been assigned to scholarship purposes.
From the estate of Patricia H. Haines of Rancho Bernardo, Calif. and mother of William H. Haines ‘61, a bequest of $1,000 for general purposes. Throughout her life, Mrs. Haines felt the desire to help others achieve their educational goals by reducing the financial burden of a good education. She was the beneficiary of considerable assistance with her undergraduate studies at Vassar College.
Under Will from a trust established by Nancy P. Jones of Brighton, N.Y., widow of Vincent S. Jones ’28, daughter of William Root Pinckney Bloyer, Class of 1906, mother-in-law of James T. Mabie ’66, sister-in-law of Delancey F. Jones ‘38 and great, great, great granddaughter of Elihu Root, an unrestricted distribution of $10,000. The Joneses lived in the Utica area before moving to Rochester, when Vincent Jones, a newspaperman, assumed editorial responsibility for all of the Gannett newspapers.
From the estate of J. Ruskin Kerr ’53 of Sun City, Ariz., a bequest of $20,000 for general purposes. In his first career, Mr. Kerr was a newspaper reporter and public relations writer. After receiving his M.Ed. in English from Columbia University, he taught high school English literature and writing for 23 years at Staples High School in Westport, Conn. An accomplished pianist and longtime choir member and soloist, he retired to Arizona where he continued his devotion to music.
From the estate of William F. Love, Jr. ’52 of Pittsford, N.Y., father of Margaret McGuckin ‘83, a bequest of $300 for general purposes. Soon after his graduation as an economics and psychology major, Mr. Love began his military service with the U.S. Army. Following his discharge, he joined Republic Steel and later Xerox Corporation where he worked as a senior manager for 28 years. Bill was an ardently devoted alumnus who participated in alumni activities throughout his life.
From the estate of Marguerite McMaster of New York, N.Y., widow of John P. McMaster ’25, a distribution of $225,000 to be added to The John P. and Marguerite McMaster Scholarship. Mr. McMaster was the son of Humphrey McMaster, Class of 1876, grandson of Guy Humphrey McMaster, Class of 1847, and great-grandson of David McMaster, Class of 1824. During WWII he served in the U.S. Navy. After being discharged, he settled in New York City and spent most of his working life in the paper industry.
From the estate of Edgar J. Smith ‘56 of Stamford, Conn., father of Allison Smith Dworetzky ’89 and father-in-law of David V. Dworetzky ’88, a distribution of $50,000 for general purposes. Mr. Smith attended Columbia Law School and served first in the legal department of New York Air Brake and then General Signal Corporation following their merger. He was promoted to assistant general counsel, then vice president, general counsel and secretary. Mr. Smith was an avid sailor and a member of the University Glee Club for almost 50 years.
Under Will from a trust established by Richmond E. Thompson ’25 of Valley Stream, N.Y., an unrestricted distribution of $500,000 following the death of his daughter Marcia T. Dawson to be added to the $2,190,000 previously received. The funds were added to quasi endowment and, by board resolution, are temporarily restricted for scholarships. Soon after graduation, Mr. Thompson bought into a small insurance agency in Valley Stream, which he developed and managed until his retirement more than 50 years later.
Under Will from a trust established by Pauline W. Peternella of San Diego, additional distributions totaling $230.82 to be used for scholarship purposes in honor of Mrs. Peternella’s first husband, Albert Haines Wallace, Class of 1912.
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