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Alumnus Stanley, ’35, and Hanorah “Pat” Alseth Leave U of M, Crookston Significant Gift to Benefit Students and Encourage Giving; Alseths Remembered on Thurs., Mar. 27, 2008
March 27, 2008

Contact: Corby Kemmer, director of development and alumni relations, 218-281-8434 (ckemmer@umn.edu), Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)


Stanley, '35, and Hanorah "Pat" Alseth
Stanley, '35, and Hanorah "Pat" Alseth
Crookston, Minn. (March 27, 2008) – A gift of more than $260,000 from the estate of Stanley and Hanorah “Pat” Alseth, of Baltimore, Md., was recently announced by the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Stanley Alseth was a 1935 graduate of the Northwest School of Agriculture (NWSA), the residential high school located on the campus that is now the U of M, Crookston. A very private man, Stanley Alseth said over the years that he cherished his years at the NWSA and found great joy in playing basketball.

“Stan Alseth has inspired many with his dedication, determination and unconditional support,” said Corby Kemmer, director of development & alumni relations. “In my conversations with the Alseths, their belief in education and the mission of the Crookston campus was evident. We are deeply grateful for their generous support.”

The unrestricted gift will support a number of initiatives on the Crookston campus. A great share of the gift, some $150,000, will be used to encourage others by providing matching dollars for other donors who give to the campus. The gift will also create a number of initiatives to enhance the student experience at the Crookston campus, including the establishment of two endowments:  1) the Stan Alseth Men’s Basketball Scholarship Endowment Fund with the first scholarship to be awarded in fall 2008 and 2) an academic scholarship fund that will be awarded based on need and an emphasis on entrepreneurship. A  Business Department conference center will also be developed and furnished with state-of-the-art equipment and functionality, as additional funds become available. Other areas receiving support from this generous gift are the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team, the Pep Band, an aviation scholarship program and the UMC Alumni Association scholarship program.

An announcement of the gift and a campus celebration of the legacy of Stanley and Hanorah Alseth was held Thursday, March 27, 2008. “We have the opportunity to pay tribute to the Alseths, to lives well lived and to recognize the affect that a gift like theirs has on students,” said Kemmer.

Over the years, the Alseths have regularly supported the U of M, Crookston. They believed in education and wanted their support to benefit students. “They would be proud of how their gift is being used to help the campus,” said Maura Prendergast, daughter of the Alseths. “Their support has left a legacy to help others.” Stanley Alseth passed away in September 17, 2006 and his wife Pat passed away in November 12, 2007.

After his mother died, Stanley Alseth was sent to an orphanage where he lived until he was a teenager. He moved to northwest Minnesota to live with relatives and when he was old enough, he attended the Northwest School of Agriculture. After graduating, he went to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and during World War II, served in the U.S. Army as part of the 129th Evac Hospital. Following the war, he transferred to the University of Denver where he earned a degree in light construction industry with a minor in real estate. His career included working at Martin Aircraft in Baltimore and for the City of Baltimore’s Health Department focusing on air pollution control. 


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