Alumnus Gives $5.1 Million Estate Gift To Inspire Others
In recognition of the impact Wittenberg had on shaping his moral compass and success, Lamar Kilgore ’55 has given a $5.1 million estate gift with the hope of challenging others to follow his lead.
“My family’s gift is grounded in the desire to see the product of our lifetime of effort provide benefit beyond our lifetime,” Kilgore said. “Certain that others have been similarly enriched by their Wittenberg experiences but have yet to experience the joy which giving to our great university provides, I am hoping that our gift will challenge others to do the same.”
“What Lamar has set in motion with his generous gift is both inspiring and energizing.” said President Mark H. Erickson. “His gift will not only shape our students’ understanding of peace, tolerance and global citizenship, but it will allow us to recognize and attract the absolute best and brightest faculty, a longstanding strength of the university.”
The gift, one of the largest in the university’s history, will fund the R. Lamar Kilgore Endowed Chair in Global Citizenship and the R. Lamar Kilgore Endowed Chair in Peace Studies. The gift will also provide the Kilgore Family Fellowship Toward Justice for Animals, as well as provide support for the golf team.
The youngest of three sons, Kilgore was born in Springfield and attended Springfield High School. After graduating from high school, Kilgore went to Wittenberg where he majored in political science before entering the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Law. He then practiced law for 47 years, with the last decade spent with Kilgore and Lawson, P.C., in West Chester, Pa., until his retirement in 2007. The author of several published articles in the legal field, Kilgore also penned A Buckeye Boyhood: Tales, Messages,