Making an Impact Signature Gifts Inaugurate Loras 175th and Inspiring Lives and Leadership Campaign
Few have had the longstanding impact on and association with Loras College as Msgr. Francis Friedl (’39). This year, as Loras embarks on the 175th anniversary of its founding in 1839, Msgr. Friedl wanted to make an especially important impact. On Friday, August 9, 2013 Msgr. Friedl met for lunch with Loras President Jim Collins and presented him with a check for $175,000 - $1,000 for each of Loras’ 175 years. As a former president himself, Msgr. Friedl knows very well the importance of endowed scholarships and institutional priorities. As such, this gift will add $100,000 to the Friedl Scholarship already established at Loras and the remainder will be directed toward the College’s highest priorities. In November of this year, Msgr. Friedl will celebrate his 96th birthday. He graduated from Loras College in 1939 as it transitioned from Columbia College at the time of the institution’s centennial. After receiving his Ph.D. from Catholic University, Msgr. Friedl returned to Loras in 1957. From that time and until 1977, Msgr. Friedl served as Psychology Professor, Chair of the Psychology Department, Academic Dean and President, respectively. From 1987 to 1996, Msgr. Friedl also served as a member of the Board of Regents, and currently holds both Professor Emeritus and Regent Emeritus status. In response to Msgr. Friedl’s unprecedented generosity, Collins remarked, “No one represents the outstanding principles related to
a Loras education better than Msgr. Friedl. He was a gifted teacher and administrator; he served as a great pastor and he epitomizes the essence of being a priest. He is humble, personable, accomplished and always on the move. Very few have amassed as many friends and perfected the art of delivering a homily better than Msgr. Friedl. This gift ought to inspire every Loras alum and former parishioner to contribute to our campaign effort and anniversary celebration, if for no other reason but to honor this great Loras man.” Additionally, President Collins announced that Loras College has received an anonymous estate gift of $589,275 from a recently deceased alumnus. The proceeds will endow need-based scholarships for deserving Loras students. This generous benefactor was a priest in the Archdiocese of Dubuque for decades, lived a modest life and was the recipient of an inheritance. “He never thought his inherited windfall was his own,” says the executor of his estate, who also wishes to remain anonymous. The gift supports the $75 million campaign that the College will officially launch on October 10, 2013, to give supporters the opportunity to join these and other benefactors in investing in student access, educational and coeducational programs, and academics at Loras College.
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