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Alumnus leaves legacy
Over $2.8 million bequest is unrestricted gift
Tri-State College alumnus John W. Widmann died Oct. 15, 2007, but his legacy will affect Trine University students for years to come.
Mr. Widmann, a 1943 aeronautical engineering graduate, made an estate gift of $2.85 million to Trine upon his death at age 89. The gift is unrestricted, which means the university can designate the funds to an area of choice. Mr. Widmann had not made his gift intention known to the university.
He was born in Spring Valley, N.Y. on March 4, 1918 to John C. and Margaret Somberg Widmann. After receiving his TSC AE degree, he worked as a draftsman for Rockland County in New City, N.Y., and was a partner in Widmann Brothers Bakery in Spring Valley. He was an avid fan and collector of Lionel trains.
Mr. Widmann made significant contributions to his alma mater in his lifetime. He was a donor to the original Perry T. Ford Library and an Annual Fund contributor for many years, including the past 10 consecutive years. His contributions have spanned much of the life of the institution, from its early days as Tri-State College, through its evolution to Tri-State University in 1975, and to its transformation to Trine University this year.
“We are so grateful and appreciative of our many generous alumni and friends,” said Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II. “Many remember the significant role our institution played in their lives by providing them the skills and education necessary for success.
“This gift is so important in helping us achieve our capital campaign goals and advancing our mission to become the premiere institution of the Midwest. Mr. Widmann’s gift is one of the most generous individual gifts in our institution’s history.”