Manchester University has received a $1.2 million gift from Gerda Hoover, the widow of a 1947 graduate. The donation will support the Keith Kindell Hoover Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Keith Hoover studied communication studies at Manchester and later earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Bethany Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in psychology from Northwestern University.
“Leaving such a generous estate gift to his alma mater was a wonderful way for Gerda to honor Keith’s memory,” said Melanie Harmon, vice president for advancement at Manchester. “That legacy is now part of Manchester’s endowment and it will help educate students for generations to come.”
Keith Hoover maintained a clinical psychology therapy practice and taught college-level classes. He died in 2003.
Gerda earned a master’s degree in German literature from Northwestern. She taught high school and college German. A prolific writer, she published four books of poems and stories.
The university says gifts to an endowment fund are permanently invested to supply a steady, annual source of funds for an enduring impact.