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J. Arthur Herrick: Philanthropist

Kent State Alumni, Professors Emeriti Lauded at Founders Ball

In Week of Nov. 15, 2004 / News

Professors emeriti J. Arthur and Margaret E. Herrick received a Lifetime Philanthropy Award for decades of support HerrickPhilanthropistcomprising more than 100 gifts to the university, the majority of which will endow an academic chair in plant biology.

“Art and Margaret Herrick are steadfast supporters of the university and the Department of Biological Sciences. They are also cherished members of the Kent State learning community,” said Valerie Fatica, a senior political science major who received a four-year Founders Scholarship to attend Kent State.

Dr. J. Arthur Herrick trained generations of botanists during his 35-year tenure at Kent State. In 1969, long before most people were concerned about saving wetlands, he purchased some property in Portage County to protect it from development. Herrick donated the 140-acre wetland to the university, which now manages the park in concert with The Nature Conservancy.

Art and Margaret Herrick, a professor emerita of speech pathology and audiology, were the first individuals ever to donate more than $1 million to the university. A decade before the university created an office to promote planned giving, the Herricks had already established trusts for the benefit of future generations of Kent State students.

“When I was young, I often heard that it is more blessed to give than to receive. As a youngster I much preferred to receive. In my later years I have come to realize that it is more fun to give than to receive,” said the 96-year-old Art Herrick.