University of Pittsburgh
June 24, 2007

University of Pittsburgh Will Induct 20 Donors Into the Prestigious Cathedral of Learning Society June 29

Inductees have given lifetime gifts to Pitt totaling $1 million or more
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PITTSBURGH-The University of Pittsburgh will celebrate the philanthropic spirit of 20 donors as they are inducted into the Cathedral of Learning Society at a Friday,

June 29, by invitation only ceremony in the Commons Room of the University's landmark Cathedral of Learning.

Established in 1999, the Cathedral of Learning Society recognizes individuals who have given lifetime gifts to the University totaling $1 million or more.

"The Cathedral of Learning was built, in part, by the more than 97,000 schoolchildren who, more than 80 years ago, each contributed a dime in exchange for a 'Builder of the Cathedral' certificate," said Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg. "Much like the giving spirit of those school-age philanthropists, the extraordinary generosity of the members of the Cathedral of Learning Society is a genuine source of inspiration to the entire University community. It also represents a wise investment in the future of Pitt and the many generations of Pitt students yet to come. To our most benevolent supporters, then, we extend our deepest gratitude."

This year's Cathedral of Learning Society inductees are William F. Benter, the late Fred C. Bruhns and E. Maxine Bruhns, the late Thomas E. Cadman, Allen L. Cook, Kathleen DuRoss Ford and L. Frank Chopin, the late Anthony E. Gill, the late Frank E. and Dorothy T. Jeffreys, the late Katherine Mabis McKenna, Marlin H. Mickle, Tom W. and Jeanne H. Olofson, Arnold D. Palmer, Henry and Helen Posner, the Family of the late J. Faye and Myles D. Sampson, Frank and Athena Sarris, Charles M. and Rhoda Steiner, Thomas J. and Sandra L. Usher, Bethann and Gordon J. Vanscoy , Robert J. and Mary B. Weiss, Margaret E. and James Edward Wilkes, and George D. and Marianna Zamias.

Biographical sketches of the inductees and a complete list of Cathedral of Learning Society members can be found at