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Sanders sisters continue
their learning legacy
with surprise bequest

EDUCATORS FLORENCE E. SANDERS ’48 AND LUCILE V. SANDERS ’47 are ensuring that teaching excellence endures at their alma mater. When Florence died on Feb. 20, 2008, the
Sanders sisters left Manchester College more than $700,000 – no strings attached.

The bequest from the estates of the retired schoolteachers and their sister Ethel was a surprise to the College, and an endorsement of its stewardship of gifts.

“Manchester is profoundly grateful for the generosity of the Sanders sisters,” said President Jo Young ’69 Switzer. “We appreciate the trust that they have put in the College by not restricting their gift and allowing us to decide how it can most benefit our students.”

In addition, the Board of Trustees will apply half the bequest to visionary initiatives – in academics, renovations – and other student-focused opportunities.

“Gifts that support student learning are powerful expressions of faith in the future,” said Switzer. “When gifts come in like this, we always regret not having been able to thank the donors.”

The three Sanders sisters never married and had no heirs. Ethel, a retired bank employee, died at the age of 85. Lucile, who also taught in St. Joseph County, died at 94. Florence Sanders taught first and second grade for 42 years in Marshall County and South Bend schools. She died at 90. The three lived together most of their lives, retiring to a Greenwood, Ind., residential
community together.

In this issue
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from the president

Making a difference, naturally Everybody pitches in

It’s academic: Students come first
This faculty is fully engaged, in a new gen ed curriculum and experiences – side-by-side with students

The Manchester Fund
The most-important gift

Endowing lasting lessons
“Dave’s Boys” honor their friend and mentor with a scholarship

Philanthropy 101
Alumni teachers make $700,000 bequest

Profiles of ability and conviction


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