Auburn’s veterinary class of 1977 gives $200,000 to its alma mater

AUBURN – Members of Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine class of 1977 has given $200, 000 for their alma mater, to be divided equally between the college’s large and small animal teaching hospitals.

Four member of the class, Dwight Wolfe, Leland Simmons, Jerry McMillan and Calvin White, envisioned making a significant contribution to the class. They set their sights on a $500,000 goal and announced the goal during their 30-year class reunion in the spring. Since then, the class has raised more than $200,000.

“We all owe Auburn University a debt of gratitude,” said Wolfe, a faculty member at Auburn who also served as co-chair of the recent faculty staff campaign. “We couldn’t have pursued our dreams without the education we received at the College of Veterinary Medicine.”

Wolfe said he wants this gift to serve as a challenge to other classes at Auburn. “We hope it inspires other classes to give in a similar manner. It means so much to our class to have the ability to give back to Auburn in this way.”

When asked about the gift, Dean Timothy Boosinger stated, “We are touched the class of ’77 decided to put such effort and thought into this gift.”

The class of 1977 would like to exceed its $500,000 pledge and is working to raise money for the place that had such an impact on all of their lives, Wolfe said. The class is also planning an annual reunion.

The gift will count as part of the “It Begins at Auburn” Campaign which encompasses all colleges and schools as well as the AU libraries and museums, athletics and Auburn University Montgomery. Endowments for student scholarships, faculty, programs and unrestricted dollars make up 58 percent of the campaign’s goal. In addition to endowments, the campaign will focus on facilities and equipment, campus beautification, research and current operations.

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