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Elizabeth Atwater Alexander, A'35


Elizabeth Atwater Alexander and her brother, Asa, earned their bachelor degrees from Duquesne University during one of the worst times in American history, the Great Depression. Their family was fortunate not to experience the destitute conditions in which many families were living at that time; however those years were incredibly challenging for most Americans pursuing higher education.. Elizabeth and Asa's older sister, Irene M. Atwater, encouraged her siblings to attend Duquesne and assisted them financially, enabling them both to graduate.

"I am delighted to have planned a bequest from my estate to create the Irene M. Atwater Endowed Scholarship. The knowledge that my bequest will not only serve future generations of Duquesne students, but will also honor my sister's memory is very comforting to me." Alexander said. In 1939, after completing her schooling, Elizabeth joined the faculty at Potomac State College of West Virginia University, from which she retired in 1970.

Dr. Elizabeth Atwater Alexander's thoughtful and generous gift via a bequest from her estate allows her to retain control of her assets while living, but also provides a way for her to create a permanent memorial to her sister. This bequest also will serve to provide scholarships for future generations of Duquesne University students. "Irene's love and selflessness allowed me to graduate from Duquesne and then complete both a master's degree and a doctorate. I hope that the scholarship created in her memory will provide those same opportunities for generations of students."

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