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January 28, 2015

Insurance Executive Leaves $20-Million to Pa. Divinity School

The Pittsburgh Theological Seminary announced Tuesday that it has received a $20.25-million bequest from Robert Thomson, a longtime local insurance agent who died in September at the age of 94, writes the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Presbyterian Church-affiliated institution said it would use part of the unrestricted gift to cover the outstanding $6-million of a $26.5-million capital campaign and is seeking input from faculty and others on what to do with the rest.

A bachelor who had no children, Mr. Thomson was the owner of Pittsburgh insurance firm Thomson & Sproull and remained active in his church, Shadyside Presbyterian, until his death. Though Mr. Thomson had supported seminary scholarships in the past, school President William Carl said he had given no indication that a big bequest was in the works.