Slippery Rock receives grand donation
Slippery Rock University has received the largest legacy gift in its history — $735,000.
Jeanne Powell Furrie of Monroeville, a 1945 graduate and longtime university benefactor, made the donation as part of her estate, Slippery Rock announced this month. She died April 14, 2013, at 89.
The first awards from the Jeanne P. Furrie Scholarship fund will be presented at next year's Alumni Association Spring Recognition and Awards Banquet. The gift is expected to increase once final paperwork is completed.
“Slippery Rock lost a friend and champion when Jeanne Powell Furrie passed away,” university President Cheryl Norton said in a prepared statement. “While I did not have the opportunity to meet Jeanne, I know she was an accomplished alumna who taught physical education for 22 years in the Penn Hills School District.”
Furrie was a lifelong member of the SRU Alumni Association and served on its board of directors. In 2001, she was named a member of the SRU Athletic Hall of Fame for field hockey, a club sport while she was a student.
In 2007, Furrie received the alumni association's Past Presidents' Service Award, given annually by the association's board to recognize an alumnus who makes the greatest overall contribution to the association.
She and her husband, Henry Furrie, were married for 49 years and lived in Monroeville. He was an educator at Gateway High School, where he served as its first athletic director and health and swimming teacher. He died in 1998.
SRU's largest legacy gift prior to Furrie's gift totaled $485,000.
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