Magazine article The Christian Century

Surprise Gift Largest Ever for Pittsburgh Seminary

Magazine article The Christian Century

Surprise Gift Largest Ever for Pittsburgh Seminary

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Pittsburgh Theological Seminary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) received a surprise gift of $20.25 million.

Robert Thomson, an insurance company owner who died in September at age 94, did not tell the school about his estate plans, nor did he place restrictions on the gift, said William Carl, seminary president.

"These are wonderful surprises," Carl told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "This is the biggest gift that has ever come from anyone, living or deceased, in the over-220-year history of the school."

Carl also told the Post-Gazette that Thomson would meet with students at scholarship dinners and make comments such as, "I'm so impressed with your students, impressed with where they're going to serve in churches and mission fields around the country and the world."

The gift allows the seminary to reach its goal early in a $26 million capital campaign that began in 2010, although the school's board of directors has yet to determine where to allocate the funds, said Melissa Logan, seminary director of communications. …

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