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Ketoff Family makes $100,000 gift to Loras College

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DUBUQUE, Iowa --- Loras College is pleased to announce the receipt of a generous $100,000 gift from the family of the late Dr. George and Barbara Ketoff. The College was informed of the gift by one of their three children, Jerry Ketoff.

"Our parents were tremendous individuals and wonderful role models for my brother, sister and me. We are pleased to be able to honor them and truly appreciate the willingness of Loras College to do so," commented Jerry Ketoff, a 1991 Loras College graduate. His father, George Ketoff, Jr., D.D.S., graduated from Loras in 1949 and had a dental practice in Dubuque, Iowa.

The gift will be split to serve two purposes for the college. Half of the contribution will be used to establish the Dr. George and Barbara Ketoff Scholarship. The scholarship, which will be renewable each of the recipient's four years, will be awarded with preference to students who have graduated from a Dubuque high school and are looking to major in the science, pre-medicine, business or education fields.

The remaining $50,000 will support the newly-constructed Athletic and Wellness Center. The sitting area in the northeast corner of the facility will bear a plaque in honor of George and Barbara Ketoff since they both enjoyed attending numerous athletic contests over the years, especially football and basketball.

"George and Barbara Ketoff were two of the most exemplary people I ever met. They raised a beautiful family, were active in their Catholic faith and spoke only kind words. Though they and their family are steeped in humility, Loras wanted to make sure to honor these faithful and good servants in a very public and appropriate manner," stated Loras College President Jim Collins upon learning of the Ketoff family generosity. He continued, "Providing scholarships to deserving Dubuque students to pursue their dreams in these academic disciplines and having a prominent student area named within our marquee athletic facility seems a most appropriate manner to steward the Ketoff's generosity."

As a tribute to George and Barbara Ketoff, Loras College will offer a public Memorial Mass on Monday, July 6, 2009, at noon in Christ the King Chapel on the Loras campus.

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