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Community Foundation of NE Iowa gets $2 million gift

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa has received a $2 million gift from the estate of George Paul to establish a fund in his name and one in the name of his wife, Hallene.

The foundation says the income from the funds will benefit the Floyd County Historical Museum in Charles City, the Norway Valley Historical Museum in Clarinda, the Waterloo Center for the Arts, scholarships for Black Hawk County students attending the Allen College of Nursing & Radiography and the Grout Museum in Waterloo.

"George was a remarkable guy," attorney Rick Miller said in a written statement.  "He was charitably minded and used the umbrella of the Community Foundation to support many things. Since George and Hallene had no children, giving to the community was the obvious thing to do."  Miller along with Henry Edsill of Regions Morgan Keegan Trust assisted with the estate gift and transfer of funds to the Foundation.

"It has been a great honor to know George over the years. We are so pleased he chose the Community Foundation to carry out his and his wife's legacy to the community," Mary Ann Burk, President and CEO of the Foundation said in a written statement.

George W. Paul was born in Alpha, Iowa in 1916 where his family farmed.  When George was three years old, his family moved to Charles City.

George graduated from high school in 1934 and went to the University of Iowa for X-ray training.  That is where he met Hallene, who was going to school to become a registered nurse.

The couple married on September 7, 1940 and made their home in Waterloo.  George sold, installed and repaired X-ray equipment and Hallene worked for Dr. Entz, a urologist, who had his private practice in the Black's building.

George was an active member of the Mason's and in the Shrine, its philanthropy group. For 17 years, he would ride a Harley Davidson in the parade and choreograph the "Cycle Patrol", while Hallene would ride on the hospital float.  Hallene was also a member of Auxiliary, where she helped disadvantaged children.

Hallene Paul passed away January 4, 2000 at the age of 82 from natural causes.

George died on April 20, 2011 at the age of 95.

The couple had established an endowment fund through the foundation in 1999 to help pay transportation costs to and from the Shriner's Hospital for children and their families. 

For more information, contact the Community Foundation at (319) 287-9106 or visit www.cfneia.org.

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