Volume 95, Issue 52

Tuesday, December 4, 2001
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Huron receives the "Wright" donation

By Kristina Lundblad
Gazette Staff

Huron University College announced Friday it will be receiving the largest endowment in the college's history – a gift of $1.5 million.

The endowment, which comes from longtime friends of the college Mary Wright and her late brother Clark, will establish The Clark Wright Memorial Chair in Theology.

"We're extremely excited – we're ecstatic," said John Chapman, dean of theology at Huron.

Mary Wright said she had been thinking about establishing such an endowment for a long time and wanted to honour her brother in some way.

She wanted the money to go to the department of theology specifically because she said it would have pleased her brother. "Clark was a good Anglican and well-educated," Wright said. "He believed in the importance of an educated clergy."

Chapman hopes the Wright Chair will help educate students in theology and train and prepare clergy for a wide variety of ministries.

"The college is pretty good about allowing faculty members to sit down and reflect on the direction of where the faculty is going," Chapman said.

The chair will be in one of the traditional disciplines in the theological program, such as the New Testament, the Old Testament, church history, ethics or philosophy.

"Decisions haven't yet been made, but it will most definitely be used – I have no doubt of that," Chapman said.

Huron principal Ramona Lumpkin said Mary Wright received a standing ovation when the endowment was announced at the Founder's Day dinner last Friday – a celebration of Huron's 138 years in existence.

"[Mary] is a wonderful woman," Lumpkin said, adding Wright's brother was very supportive of the college and actively involved in the Anglican community and church.

Mary Wright sat on Huron's executive board and is an honorary fellow of the college. She also established the University Preschool, to which she recently donated $500,000, Lumpkin said. Mary Wright received her undergraduate degree from Western and completed her masters at the University of Toronto.

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