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Generosity Proved a Way of Life for Five GU Financial Champions

Five long-time champions of GU students passed in recent months, all alumni of classes that graduated in the 1940s and 50s. Combined, they gave more than $4 million dollars to empower students at their alma mater and ensure that generations of students embrace GU’s hallmark Christ-centered learning. 

Dr. M. Kenneth Kaufmann '49, Linda Moore '55, Harold Johnson Long '48, Rob Stroud '59, and Don Jones '52 funded scholarships, fueled programs, reduced debt, enriched teaching, equipped sports teams, encouraged professors and coaches, and more. They each exemplified joyful giving in a unique way. 

Kaufmann.pngThe Doctor Who Opened Doors of Opportunity    

Most alumni from 1959 to 2000 recall Dr. M. Kenneth Kaufmann ’49 as the college’s physician, husband to Stella (Butcher ’54), and father to seven GU alumni. But over the years, the good doctor also led his family in opening their home to more than 24 students, a gesture that helped his young house guests afford college.

Ken served on GU’s Board of Trustees and supported various concerns like faculty salaries and the Factory Theatre. By far, however, he designated most of his gifts to scholarships. He knew that scholarships unlocked doors of opportunity. Scholarships removed barriers and gave hope, much like hospitality that said, “Our home is your home.”

The Kaufmann family invites donations in Ken’s memory to GU’s Kaufmann Building Endowment Fund. The Kaufmann Building, his former office, now serves students as a creative hub for studies in English, communication, digital media, and art.Linda Moore-2

The Powerhouse Nurse Who Made Giving a Habit

Routine always resonated with Linda (Moorhouse ’55) Moore—routine exercise, regular healthy eating, and habitual generosity of her time and talents.

A career school nurse, Lin made it her regular practice to attend to others, as well.

  • She cared for, counseled, and encouraged students and faculty where she worked.
  • She showed up on neighbors' and friends' doorsteps with treats, and a smile.
  • She stayed in touch with distant family and friends, and stayed involved with her children’s and grandchildren's activities.
  • She fully engaged in church activities, started a neighborhood Bible study, and shared Gideon Bibles with nursing students.

Over and again she demonstrated selflessness, cheer, and a servant's heart.

Lin and husband Jesse ’51 shared the goodness of Jesus and the goodness of GU with their children (all three are GU alums) and others, too. For more than 62 years, they faithfully donated to GU, funding scholarships that relieved burdens, cleared paths to careers, and kept students on their degree tracks. 

Lin's example reminds us that routine gratitude and cheerful routine giving bring joy.

The Accountant Who Ensured Others Would Enjoy What He Enjoyed

Long-tennis-2Accountant Harold Johnson Long ’48 loved a good game of tennis. The son of former GU President H.J. Long, Harold exercised his serve and backhand strokes throughout his septuagenarian years much as he did decades earlier at GU. A near-fatal heart attack during a doubles match nearly sidelined Harold at age 80, but he recovered and lived 14 more years. 

Today, the Harold and Lorraine Long Fund supports Panther tennis, both for women and men. The family invites you to make a gift in Harold’s memory.  

The Insurance Executive Who Led the Way By Giving First

stroud.jpgFormer GU trustee and insurance executive Rob Stroud ’59 embodied service and leadership. He spotted needs in the University’s operations and filled them, often leading the way with a personal gift. Rob supported scholarships, athletic training equipment, restoration of the Alumni House, master’s programs, debt reduction, the Dietzman Center, GU’s Athletic Hall of Fame, academic chairs, GU’s Golf Scramble, its trustees’ retreat and more. 

In 2013, at the University’s annual President’s Society Dinner, GU honored Rob with its Servant Leadership Award (at left).

Receiving the honor, he told fellow alumni, "My job was to come up with ideas that [would] enhance and expand Greenville College. That's what we all are here to do."

Rob’s family invites you to make a gift in his honor to Greenville University.

The Forge Owner Who Dreamed Big Dreams That Helped Others

Don Jones ’52 led a life that straddled the hard-as-steel reality of his forge business DonJones47-weband the dreamy imaginings that entertain possibilities. The mix contributed to his thriving business and to GU’s growth.

Don’s faithful generosity made possible the SMART Center on Greenville's square, JKL Academic Hall, home to the Bastian School of Theology, Philosophy, and Ministry; the Prairie Street Center that houses GU’s University Pathways program; Prairie House that houses GU’s Office of Advancement; the Light & Life Digital Media Center; GU’s track; and more. 

Buildings serve students, and students were ever on Don’s heart. Sometimes a check from Don would show up at the University, with a note like this one, recalling a time in 1951:

Enclosed please find a check for $300, the budget amount for starting GC’s first track program. I went with Coach John Strahl to St. Louis to buy the equipment for starting the program. We purchased a pole vault pole, javelin, and two pairs of shoes, sizes nine and 12. (Every runner had to wear either nine or 12.) It has been great to see the program grow.

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Above, Don Jones with GU cross-country Panthers who visited his operation last year.

Abundant Gratitude

Thank you Ken, Lin, Harold, Rob, and Don, for showing the extended Greenville University community how to grow, too. Your contagious generosity and pleasure in giving has touched generations of students in the past and will continue to touch students in the future.

In Memory Gifts

Friends and alumni of Greenville University may designate a gift in memory of friends and loved ones at greenville.edu/giving.

This story was published on December 07, 2020




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