gifts for KU top $11.5M with new $6.5M donation for
The year that former Standard Oil Chairman Charles
E. Spahr gave his first contribution for KU, a gallon
of gas cost 20 cents, Franklin Murphy was chancellor
and the Lawrence campus enrolled a mere 6,816 students.
Nearly five decades and dozens of gifts later, Spahr,
e'34, and his wife, Mary Jane Bruckmiller Spahr, '38,
have committed $6.5 million through outright contributions
and estate plans for the School of Engineering. The
gift brings their total support for the University to
more than $11.5 million since 1954.
The most recent gift from the Shaker Heights, Ohio,
couple will establish the Charles and Mary Jane Spahr
Engineering Fund at the KU Endowment Association. The
unrestricted fund will provide support for engineering
students and faculty members.
"Charlie and Janie Spahr are among the University's
most ardent supporters," said Chancellor Robert
Hemenway. "For almost 50 years, they have given
their time, talent and financial support to benefit
KU. The Spahrs will continue to leave a legacy of pride
and hope for our future students and faculty members."
Previous gifts from the Spahrs have included support
for professorships, scholarships and expansions for
Charlie said he and his wife wanted to provide long-term
support for the KU School of Engineering.
"Janie and I want to do all that we can to help
the KU School of Engineering be one of the best in the
United States," he said. "It's our hope that
our gifts will benefit others through the educational
process far into the future."
Charlie Spahr is a native of Independence, Mo., and
his wife grew up in Sugar Creek, Mo.