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Former CWU Employee Supports History Students and Faculty with Planned Gift

ELLENSBURG, Wash.—Central Washington University has received a planned gift pledge of approximately $30,000 from former professor Larry Lowther who created this fund in memory of his late wife, Betty Lowther. 

The funds will endow the History Travel Research Fund, supporting research travel for select faculty in the Department of History and full-time students who have a declared major in the Department of History.


I would like to express my gratitude to Professor Lowther for his service and for making CWU part of his estate plans,” said Rick Paradis, interim vice president of CWU University Advancement. “This generous planned gift will have an impact on history faculty and students for years to come.”


Lowther became a professor at Central in 1965 and served as chair of the history department during his tenure. He and the history department established the headquarters of the Washington State Council for Social Studies and maintained the relationship with the National Council and served as a support for local teachers. He found that teachers have a lot of imagination and know what they want in terms of programming but need some logistical support in order to keep the organization growing.


“Larry has always been incredibly caring, and he always strives to make positive impacts in the communities around him,” said CWU Wildcat Network Officer Jocelyn Matheny. “It has been a joy to work with him and hear his story, and it is great to see that Larry and Betty’s legacy will continue on within the Wildcat community.”


He hopes his planned gift will allow faculty, undergraduate students, and graduate students pursue research which is vital to history professionals.

June 9, 2020
Media Contact: Robin Burck, University Advancement Communications, 509-963-2846,

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