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    Lake Forest secret millionaire donates fortune to college



    Lake Forest College alum Grace Groner donated $7 million -- and this modest house that she called home -- to the school upon her death in January at age 100. Before her death, she had also funded a scholarship program at the college.
    Like many people who lived through the Great Depression, Grace Groner was exceptionally restrained with her money.

    She got her clothes from rummage sales. She walked everywhere rather than buy a car. And her one-bedroom house in Lake Forest held little more than a few plain pieces of furniture, some mismatched dishes and a hulking TV set that appeared left over from the Johnson administration.

    Her one splurge was a small scholarship program she had created for Lake Forest College, her alma mater. She planned to contribute more upon her death, and when she passed away in January, at the age of 100, her attorney informed the college president what that gift added up to.

    "Oh, my God," the president said.

    Groner's estate, which stemmed from a $180 stock purchase she made in 1935, was worth $7 million.

    The money is going into a foundation that will enable many of Lake Forest's 1,300 students to pursue internships and study-abroad programs they otherwise might have had to forgo. It will be an appropriate memorial to a woman whose life was a testament to the higher possibilities of wealth.

    "She did not have the (material) needs that other people have," said William Marlatt, her attorney and longtime friend. "She could have lived in any house in Lake Forest but she chose not to. … She enjoyed other people, and every friend she had was a friend for who she was. They weren't friends for what she had."

    Groner was born in a small Lake County farming community, but by the time she was 12 both of her parents had died. She was taken in by George Anderson, a member of one of Lake Forest's leading families and an apparent friend to Groner's parents.

    The Andersons raised her and her twin sister, Gladys, and paid for them to attend Lake Forest College. After Groner graduated in 1931, she took a job at nearby Abbott Laboratories, where she would work as a secretary for 43 years.

    It was early in her time there that she made a decision that would secure her financial future.

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    wow, what a great story. I admire this woman on so many levels....that she was so forwarding thinking to make those initial stock purchases, that she was down to earth in her style of living and that she was so charitable.

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    That's pretty special.


    I swear, between the beauty of her benevolence, our Linker prodigals and the release of Jake Delhomme from the Charlotte NFL franchise, today is just so joyous! I feel almost as happy as Kimmie!

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    Is it inappropriate to say that a 100 year old lady fucking rocks?

    I think not.

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    This kind of Citizen demonstrates one of the great character traits that made this country great-Selflessness. Not in a self-despising manner, but in a true understanding and gratitude for the gift of life we all have been given.

    It begs the question, however, there aren't an awful lot of people from those older generations where this was more the norm than the exception...and with that being said, is America still great, as demonstrated by it's average everyday citizen still?
    Maybe that's impossible to tell until it becomes hindsight, but as the population continues to turn over, how will we handle our responsibilities to fellow citizen and country...or is the country and govt the enemy?
    Sorry for the ramble, it came to mind as i read this story..
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    Quote Originally Posted by graeme View Post
    Is it inappropriate to say that a 100 year old lady fucking rocks?

    I think not.

    Good girl.
    Spot on, man, spot on.

    Heard this story a few days ago on the radio and I thought the EXACT same thing. Just wish I had the resources to do things like this myself.

    I swear, if I won the lottery, I'd prolly keep basically the same standard of living and give the rest away. I love giving but, most of the time, don't have the resources to do so...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sixstring View Post
    Spot on, man, spot on.

    Heard this story a few days ago on the radio and I thought the EXACT same thing. Just wish I had the resources to do things like this myself.

    I swear, if I won the lottery, I'd prolly keep basically the same standard of living and give the rest away. I love giving but, most of the time, don't have the resources to do so...
    My friend, you give way more than you know; it isnt always about money and objects...
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    For sure this old gal rocks! If only there were more people like her. An example to follow for certain.

 

 

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