From the Register-Mail:
Thanks to a large donation from alumni, Knox College will open a new language laboratory in the spring and establish a distinguished chair in the modern languages department.
Dr. Richard Burkhardt and Dorothy Burkhardt, both 1939 graduates of the school, gave Knox two gifts totaling $1.55 million, the school announced on Friday. With the first gift of $1.5 million, Knox will name a professor as the Burkhardt Distinguished Chair at the start of the 2010 school year…..
â€œThe Burkhardts are model alumni,â€ Taylor said. â€œTheir service and generosity is a great example.â€
The couple both taught at Ball State University with Richard serving as acting president at Ball State for a time.
The second gift of $50,000 will upgrade the collegeâ€™s language facilities. The Dorothy Johnson Burkhardt and Richard Burkhardt Lab for Modern Languages will open in spring 2010.
â€œThis is just the next step in their history of generosity to their alma mater,â€ Taylor said.
The gift come less than a month after an anonymous donor gave the school $2 million to benefit the religious studies program.