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Eberly Foundation president named

Robert E. Eberly Jr. was elected president and treasurer of The Eberly Foundation at the foundation's annual meeting held recently. Eberly succeeds his aunt, Carolyn Eberly Blaney, who has served as the foundation's president since 2003. He becomes only the fifth president in the foundation's history. Ruth Blaney Carter was re-elected to the offices of vice president and secretary.

The Eberly Foundation was established in 1963 by Orville Eberly, who served as foundation president until his death in 1983. Ruth Eberly, Orville's wife, then succeeded him as president. Upon Ruth's death in 1988, Ruth and Orville's son Robert E. Eberly was elected president. Robert's sister, Carolyn Eberly Blaney, succeeded him in 2003 and served as president until retiring at this year's annual meeting.

Robert E. Eberly Jr. is no stranger to the affairs of the foundation, having served for many years as a trustee. He also served as a trustee of the Eberly Family Charitable Trust. The trust was created at Orville Eberly's death and made annual charitable grants until its termination in 2007. To date, more than $127 million has been paid out in grants from the Charitable Trust and The Eberly Foundation. More than half of the total has gone to support scholarships and educational programs at numerous institutions of higher learning, including particularly Pennsylvania State University, California University of Pennsylvania and West Virginia University. Various arts and cultural organizations, community charities and economic development organizations also have benefited from Eberly support.

Robert E. Eberly Jr. is a 1966 graduate of Cornell University and a 1969 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the school's Law Review.

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