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October 22, 2015

U. of Miami Sues Estate Over Unpaid $3-Million Bequest

The University of Miami has gone to court against the estate of a key donor to its marine-research work, claiming the institution is owed millions of dollars in promised gifts, writes Miami New Times.

The case turns on pledges by Marian Dunlap to the university's R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program, named for her late husband, a wealthy insurance executive who was an avid fisherman and snorkeler. According to court filings, Ms. Dunlap agreed in 2009 to give the institution $100,000 a year while she lived and $3 million upon her death.

Ms. Dunlap made the annual payments through 2013 but did not do so the following year, and she died in February 2015. In June, her estate denied the university's claim for the posthumous donation. The lawsuit seeks $3.2 million, representing the bequest and the yearly gifts for 2014 and 2015. A university spokesperson and an attorney for the Dunlap estate both declined to comment.