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Donor Stories

Members of the Oliver Watson Society show their appreciation for the URI in a variety of ways. Read their stories below.

A Librarian's Librarian: Gift to URI Celebrates the Work of a Lifetime

Sharman E. Prouty

Sharman E. Prouty, a librarian, inspired colleagues with her professionalism and commitment to libraries. She further demonstrated that commitment upon her death by leaving a substantial portion of her estate to URI's Graduate School of Library and Information Studies (GSLIS). More

Ross L., '64, G'76 and Renate E.P. Aker: Experiencing the Joy of Giving Now

Larry and Renate Aker

Larry and Renate Aker believe there's no time like the present to start a legacy. The Exeter couple recently established an endowed scholarship fund at the University of Rhode Island to support graduating seniors in the Exeter-West Greenwich (RI) School District. The scholarship will be further funded with a substantial gift from their estate upon their deaths. Deeply rooted in his hometown, Larry values the education he received at URI and wants to share his success with others. Renate says now is the time to experience the rewards of giving back. More

Creating a Legacy of Giving

E. Paul and Amey Larrat

For Paul and Amey Larrat, there is a common thread woven through the rich tapestry of their lives together: the University of Rhode Island. Paul, dean of the College of Pharmacy, and Amey first met as undergraduates in 1980. Since then, the Larrats' connection to the University has not only endured, it has grown stronger. More

Alumni Couple Makes an Impact With Ongoing Generosity

Kent and Diane Fannon

The greatest gift the University of Rhode Island gave Kent and Diane Fannon was bringing them together. But that's just one of many reasons they love their alma mater and have given back so generously. More

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