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September 22, 2014

University of Arizona Receives $50-Million Bequest

A Tucson philanthropist and the widow of an eminent University of Arizona professor has left the school $50-million, a gift that pushes the university past the $1-billion mark in a $1.5-billion capital campaign, The Arizona Republic and the Arizona Daily Star write. The donation from the estate of Agnese Nelms Haury, who died in March at age 90, will fund scholarships and research in the fields of ecology, social justice, and the Southwest and establish an environmental prize, said Joaquin Ruiz, the university's dean of science.

Born to a wealthy family, Ms. Haury worked for the United Nations, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a career that took her to dozens of countries. She moved to Tucson in 1965 and later married Emil Haury, an influential archaeologist who specialized in the Southwest and founded the university's School of Anthropology. Mr. Haury died in 1992.