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August 22, 2016

Gifts Roundup: Columbus Hospital Gets $15 Million From Late Publisher’s Family

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Ann Wolfe committed $15 million to research imaging technologies and to endow a professorship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

A roundup of notable gifts compiled by The Chronicle:

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Ann Wolfe committed $15 million for research-imaging technologies and to endow a professorship. Ms. Wolfe has been a member of the Columbus, Ohio, pediatric center’s board since 1982 and is leading its current fundraising campaign.

The donor is the widow of longtime Columbus Dispatch publisher John Wolfe, who died in June. Mr. Wolfe, whose family owned the newspaper for 110 years before selling it last year to GateHouse Media, also invested in real estate and radio and television holdings.

Auburn University

H.B. "Woody" Bartlett, a rancher and veterinarian, gave $10 million to establish the Bartlett Scholars Program for veterinary students.

Dr. Bartlett graduated from the university in 1964. He owns Bartlett Ranch, raising cattle and quarter horses on properties in Alabama, Texas, and Wyoming. He teaches Auburn veterinary students about equine medicine and surgery through a field-experience program at the ranch.

Nantucket Cottage Hospital

Bruce and Elisabeth Percelay pledged $10 million to a campaign for a new hospital building and expanded campus. The money will be used to match donations from others.

Mr. Percelay founded the Mount Vernon Company, a real-estate business in Massachusetts, and is the publisher of Nantucket Magazine, a lifestyle publication. Ms. Percelay is a lecturer at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.

Schmeeckle Foundation

Juanita Schmeeckle, a businesswoman who died in 2014, left $10 million to her foundation to support nonprofits in Martin County, Minn., that focus on the arts, serve the disabled and elderly, and support early-childhood care and education programs.

Ms. Schmeeckle and her late husband, Roland, owned a beauty salon, an auto-repair business, and eventually an equipment company in Anaheim, Calif.

Several years after her husband’s death in 1992, Ms. Schmeeckle sold the equipment business and returned to Minnesota, where she was born.

Allegheny College

Henry and Patricia Tippie gave $7 million to endow two professorships, one in art and another in economics, and to establish the Henry B. Tippie and Patricia Bush Tippie ’56 Educational Opportunities Fund to support student internships and student-faculty collaborative research.

Ms. Tippie graduated from the university in 1956. Mr. Tippie is a cattle rancher in Texas and chairman of Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, which operates a hotel, a casino, and horse-racing and stock-car tracks in Delaware.

Morehouse College

Mathematician and hedge-fund mogul James Simons and his wife, Marilyn, pledged $2.5 million through their Simons Foundation to support math and science students.

Mr. Simons worked as a National Security Agency code breaker and chaired the math department at Stony Brook University in the 1960s. Helater founded the investment firm Renaissance Technologies. In 2004 he launched Math for America, a nonprofit that works to improve mathematics education in public schools.

Milwaukee Repertory Theater

The family of the late businessman John Lewis gave $1 million to create the John D. (Jack) Lewis New Play Development Program.

Mr. Lewis, who died in December at age 88, had been a supporter of the theater since 1976 and served on its board from 1984 to 1990.

He founded the Lewis Sales Company, an industrial-machinery and chrome-plating business, and he owned Southern Plating and Wisconsin Chromium.

To learn about other big donations, see our database of gifts of $1 million or more, which is updated throughout the week.

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