Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

H. Campbell Stuckeman Aug. 7, 1914 - Nov. 15, 2012 One of the Most Generous Contributors to Penn State

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

H. Campbell Stuckeman Aug. 7, 1914 - Nov. 15, 2012 One of the Most Generous Contributors to Penn State

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Cal Stuckeman, the former owner of a precision tool company and executive at Rockwell Manufacturing Co. who became one of the most generous benefactors in Penn State University history, died Thursday at his home in Fox Chapel. He was 98.

Mr. Stuckeman traced his family connections to Penn State back a century, and his life was dotted with ties to his alma mater. Through the school, which his father Herman also attended, the Avonworth native met his wife, earned his architecture degree in 1937 and began a lifetime of contributions in 1953, when he gave his first gift back to the university general fund. He topped it off in 2008 with $20 million to encourage cross-disciplinary learning between the schools of architecture and landscape architecture, housed in a building bearing his family name.

According to Penn State, he and his late wife Eleanor rank among the top five biggest donors to the university. Penn State President Rodney Erickson began his remarks to the school's board of trustees meeting Friday by recognizing Mr. Stuckeman's contributions and saying "his family has been associated with Penn State for more than 100 years, and I'm very pleased that in recent years he remains so engaged with us. He will be greatly missed."

In a statement, Barbara Korner, dean of the College of Arts and Architecture, said, "Mr. Stuckeman taught hundreds of people how to live, laugh and give generously of their resources to causes that matter most in life. His legacy continues on in the lives of his family, who he loved deeply, and in the accomplishments of past and future generations of Penn State students, who he believed in and for whom he has provided educational support through extraordinary facilities and resources."

While at Penn State, a Sigma Chi fraternity brother named Al Rockwell introduced Mr. Stuckeman to his sister, Eleanor. …

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