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Ohio Wesleyan University to Receive $2.3 Million Bequest
Gift from Alumnus George S. Peters to Fund Endowed University Chair

August 28, 2007

George S. Peters ’29
DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University today announced it will receive a $2.3 million gift from the estate of George S. Peters, M.D., a 1929 Ohio Wesleyan graduate, to create the George Stanley Peters and Louise C. Peters University Chair.

The bequest from the Montgomery, Ala., physician will support the endowed position of an Ohio Wesleyan professor dedicated to the same transformational teaching and personal attention that Dr. Peters recalled receiving as an Ohio Wesleyan student. Dr. Peters died in 2005. His wife, Louise, died in 1993.

When Dr. Peters made arrangements to endow the university chair, he said: “Things were done for me. I was given opportunities. Now I want to do my share for someone else.”

While at Ohio Wesleyan, Dr. Peters majored in pre-medicine and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He earned his medical degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. He was an accomplished abdominal surgeon, serving as chief of surgery at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Montgomery, and as chief of staff and chief of surgery at Fitt’s Hill and Professional Center Hospitals. He was one of the founders of University Medical Center Hospital in Montgomery.

Dr. Peters was active in the Naval Reserve and in the Navy during World War II, serving aboard the USS Crescent City from 1941 to 1943. His ship was one of the attack transports stationed in Guadalcanal and one of the “unholy four” chronicled by Herbert Christian Merillat in his book, “Guadalcanal Remembered.”

This gift marks the third time this summer that Ohio Wesleyan University has announced an alumni gift of more than $1 million. In July, the university received a multimillion-dollar investment from alumni Gordon V. and Helen Crider Smith to support the university’s planned giving program. Earlier this month, the university announced the receipt of a $6 million bequest from alumnus Robert C. Manchester, M.D., to support student scholarships.

Mark H. Shipps, vice president for University Relations, said Ohio Wesleyan is honored to have such generous alumni who are so supportive of the university and its educational mission.

“Ohio Wesleyan University helps students to find their passions and realize their dreams,” said Shipps, a 1970 alumnus. “We are honored that our alumni are so dedicated to helping share that opportunity with future generations. This gift from George Peters is an affirmation that we are fulfilling our goal to provide the finest liberal arts education available anywhere.”

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 40 states and 45 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.