Earlham College Receives Another Anonymous Gift

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Earlham College has once again received an anonymous gift of $1 million in memory of late history and Jewish studies professor Robert Southard. It's the third such gift in as many years in memory of the professor who died in 2007.

Southard taught at Earlham from 1971-2007 and was the convener of Jewish Studies and director of the Humanities Program. His wife of 38 years, Edna Southard, and the couple's sons, David and Jared, issued a statement of gratitude to the anonymous donor. 

“I hope you know how honored and humbled Bob would be that this tribute was made to him in support of Earlham, the College he loved and valued,when Earlham needs support so much, when the humanities and the value of a liberal arts education are being questioned and are endangered everywhere, and at a time when critical thinking is so needed in our nation,” she writes. “I hope you know how happy I am, and our sons are, that you are thinking about Bob and that you have honored him so generously.”

The gift is designated for the College's annual fund. 

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