Class of 1929
Although every graduating class at Marygrove is significant and special, there are times when things happen that are so unique, so remarkable, they make us take notice. What's remarkable about the Class of 1929 is that it produced three young women who would go on to share with Marygrove, among the most significant gifts the College has ever received.
Alma Mary Stueve wanted to directly help students and subsequently bequeathed The Alma Mary Stueve Scholarship. The scholarship is provided to at least three students each year who major in one of the natural science disciplines, international business, or choose to study abroad.
Through the generosity of Evangeline Sheibley Hyett and her sister Genevieve Sheibley, the Albert Franklin Sheibley M.D. Fund was established for the education of students in the health care professions, as well as for the physical, emotional, and spiritual care of Marygrove College students. Their generosity also helped to refurbish the southeast wing of the Liberal Arts Building to what is now referred to as the The Sheibley Wing.
The generous gifts these women shared with Marygrove signify their belief in the transformative power of a Marygrove education. They are also a testimony to their faith in the future of Marygrove College and for this we are grateful. There is one last person from this group of three, however, that deserves special note, and that is Elizabeth Clinton Keenan.
Elizabeth was born in Holton, Michigan and raised in Butte, Montana. After graduating from Marygrove, she married Dr. James M. Keenan and settled in Seattle. She was a generous woman who, although very well-to-do, insisted that the people she employed were always well paid and well cared for. Elizabeth passed away at age 103 on April 25, 2010.
Elizabeth Clinton Keenan's passing was like a shower of pebbles raining into the water, for she bequeathed virtually her entire estat—valued in excess of $4 million—to her alma mater, Marygrove College. This bequest represented the single largest monetary gift received by our beloved institution at the time. That Elizabeth believed in what Marygrove represents and had faith in its future, is apparent in her amazing gift.
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