Couple leaves area university $3.1 million gift

A couple has left a Dayton-area university a millions of dollars through their estate.

Roger Kuriger and Charlotte Kuriger have left Cedarville University $3.1 million, the school announced today. The money amounts to the largest estate gift the college has received in its 131-year history, according to the school.

The money will be put toward the school’s graduate nursing program and the undergraduate accounting program through an endowed scholarship.

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The Kurigers’ initiallly became associated with Cedarville University through Roger Kuriger’s sister Marie and her husband, Dale Murphy.

Murphy was a member of the university’s board of trustees for 47 years in the 1950s, and he encouraged the Kurigers to take part in a building campaign. Throughout most of their married life, the Kurigers, who didn’t have children, were faithful contributors to Cedarville, according to the shcool.

Roger Kuriger died nearly a decade ago and Charlotte Kuriger died earlier this year, according to the university. Both Roger Kuriger and Charlotte Kuriger were recognized as “honorary alumni of the year” at Cedarville last weekend.

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