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'Extraordinary' Campaign Tops $102 Million

Along with Duke University, the divinity school finished the Campaign for Duke with a remarkable surge of support to achieve an extraordinary grand total. The Duke campaign, which counted gifts from Jan. 1, 1996 through Dec. 31, 2003, yielded $2.3 billion for all causes across the university.

Generous supporters committed $102,272,262 for the divinity school. These funds are providing vital resources for teaching and learning, establishing dozens of new endowed scholarships, renovating the library, initiating major programs, and beginning a building addition. Each supporter’s name, in alphabetical order, is included in “Transforming Ministry Together with Joy and Thanksgiving,” a final report released in April.

“This amazing effort has made an incalculable impact on the divinity school’s vital role in providing faithful and excellent service to the church of Jesus Christ,” said divinity school campaign committee chairman Jack Bovender of Nashville, Tenn. “We have positioned ourselves well in the university and in the world to carry that mission forward.”

Gifts and pledges received at the close of the campaign and during the months since include $4 million from the Cornerstone Foundation of Naples, Fla., for scholarships and a program and professorship in peace and reconciliation, and $1 million from the Dade Community Foundation, Miami, Fla., for a professorship in the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life. The two professorships each will be matched by $1 million from the Nicholas Faculty Leadership Initiative.

The Duke Endowment, Charlotte, N.C., gave $1,082,500 in support of field education, student pastors, continuing education, spirituality and health initiatives, and the health and nursing ministries program.

Generous new commitments for the Second Mile Campaign in support of the building addition are $400,000 from Leonard and Rose Herring of North Wilkesboro, N.C.;

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$400,000 more from Randall Wallace T’71, Los Angeles, Ca.; $50,000 from Tom and Sara Graves T’62,WC’65, L’65 of Raleigh, N.C.; $40,000 more from Greg D’85, G’88 and Susan D’83 Jones of Durham, N.C.; $25,000 from Martha O. Goodson of Winston-Salem, N.C.; $25,000 from Bill Tucker D’64 of Washington Crossing, Pa.; $25,000 more from Bill and Renie McCutchen of Westport, Conn.; $12,500 from Michael T’78, G’72 and Leslie T’78, D’81 Marsicano of Charlotte, N.C.; $12,500 more from Ellen Davis and Dwayne Huebner of Durham, N.C.; $10,000 from Lawrence D’66 and Margaret McCleskey of Columbia, S.C.; and $10,000 from Catherine Thompson of Greenville, N.C.

Leadership donors for the Mickey Efird Project, which will name a classroom in his honor, include $15,000 from John Wimmer D’82 of Indianapolis, Ind.; $10,000 each from Joe and Naomi Laton, Sue Link and Maggie Crandall D’00 all of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Tom and Lib D’00 Campbell of Raleigh, N.C.

Other donations and pledges include $100,000 from Myers Park United Methodist Church, Charlotte, N.C., for the Endowment for Mission Outreach Initiatives; $100,000 from William K. Quick D’58 of Detroit, Mich.; $100,000 from Charles and Alene Mercer of Raleigh, N.C. to establish the Charles and Florrie Mercer Scholarship Endowment; $64,000 from the estate of Avery Ferguson D’58 for unrestricted support; $25,000 from John D’84 and Elizabeth Tyson for an endowment for evangelism; and $25,000 from Gaston and Beverly Small of Elizabeth City, N.C. for the Annual Fund.

An additional $10,000 was given to each of the following endowment funds: the Alexander Scholarship from Don Alexander of Columbia, S.C.; the Frederick Herzog Memorial Scholarship from Kristin Herzog of Durham, N.C.; and the Freida Shaulis Scholarship from Elwood Shaulis of Whispering Pines, N.C.

The Divinity School Annual Fund continues at a record pace as we near the June 30 ending date for fiscal year 2003-04. This essential unrestricted support from graduates and friends provides critical student financial aid. First-time gifts—as well as commitments to sustain or increase previous support—are always welcome. Please contact Gaston Warner, director of development, gwarner@div.duke.edu (919) 660-3455, or Wes Brown, associate dean for external relations, wbrown@div.duke.edu (919) 660-3456.

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