Former University Of New Hampshire Librarian Gives $4 Million Estate To SchoolBy Emily Marks, UniversityHerald Reporter
A former University of New Hampshire librarian donated his $4 million estate to the school. Robert Morin, who worked at the institution for nearly 50 years, left the asset to the university upon his death.
ABC News reported that Robert Morin graduated from the university in 1963. He first worked as a cataloguer in Dimond Library and was known for his love of the written word.
The University of New Hampshire announced earlier this week that Morin quietly left his entire fortune to the school. He specifically allotted $100,000 to the library where he previously worked.
"Bob's demonstrated commitment to UNH through his philanthropy is tremendously inspiring," UNH President Mark Huddleston said in a statement. "His generous gift allows us to address a number of university priorities."
"As an alumnus, Bob would be pleased to know that a majority of his estate, $2.5 million, will help to launch an expanded and centrally located career center for our students and alumni. We are committed to providing the resources needed to ensure every student achieves professional success and Bob's gift will play a major role in that effort."
According to the school's official website, Morin's donation will be used to provide scholarships for work-study students. It will also be used to support staff members who want to continue their studies in library science as well as fund the renovation of one of the library's multimedia rooms.
Moreover, another $1 million will support a video scoreboard for the new football stadium. This may be in honor of how Morin lived the last 15 months of his life in an assisted living center where he watched football games on television.
"Unrestricted gifts give the university the ability to use the funds for our highest priorities and emerging opportunities," Deborah Dutton, vice president for advancement and president of the UNH Foundation said. "This is an extraordinary gift that comes at a critical time for launching a number of initiatives that are only able to move forward because of his generosity."