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Agnes and Willard Reuther, E '25, Establish Two Scholarship Funds

Agnes T. and Willard E. Reuther, E '25, were lifelong residents of Worcester, Massachusetts, and longtime supporters of Northeastern University. Their estate plans reflect pride in both their home town and his alma mater.

"My uncle took great pride in being a Northeastern graduate and went to many of the alumni reunions. He always maintained a close relationship with the University and wanted to help the students."

Through their estate gifts, the Reuthers established scholarship funds for Northeastern students: a Presidential Scholarship and the Willard E. and Agnes T. Reuther Scholarship for students from Worcester County. Their gifts, valued at $1.1 million, were given to the University last year after Willard Reuther passed away in January, four years after the death of his wife in 1994.

"My uncle took great pride in being a Northeastern graduate and went to many of the alumni reunions. He always maintained a close relationship with the University and wanted to help the students," says the Reuthers' niece, Carole Dobeck.

She recalls his telling the story of living in a boarding house near the campus and paying fifteen cents for a bowl of oatmeal in the kitchen.

"His accommodations were very plain, but they were fine with him. He had very fond memories of Boston and his classmates at Northeastern. He made good grades and went on to become an engineer with the Electric Light Company in Worcester, where he also met my aunt. He spent his whole career there until he retired in 1964."

Dobeck says that both her aunt and uncle held Northeastern in high esteem and that their legacy will live on through the students that receive the scholarships.

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  This article appeared in the Summer 1999 issue of Forefront.          

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