Library Endowments & Funds

Library Endowments by Donor Name

Conrad Christian Arensberg Fund

Purpose

Civil War History

About the Donor

Francis L. Arensberg created the fund in 1949 as a memorial to his father, Conrad Christian Arensberg (1840-1924), steel executive and veteran of the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Conrad Arensberg served in Company F of the Pennsylvania Independent Artillery. It's said that Arensberg didn't return to Gettysburg until 50 years after the battle--at which point, he became devoted to both the site and Pennsylvania (later Gettysburg) College.

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Edward Baskerville Memorial Fund

Purpose

Fiction, Current Non-Fiction, Browsing Room

About the Donors

Edward (Ted) Baskerville (1927-2000) was professor of English at Gettysburg College from 1956 to 1997 and served as advisor to the Gettysburgian. In 2001 his friends and former students created this endowment in his name.

More Information

Read more about this fund in the Spring 2007 Friends of Musselman Library Newsletter, p. 14.

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Joseph A. Biernat Jr. '75 Fund

Purpose

Environmental Studies

About the Donor

Susan Biernat '77 established this fund in honor of her husband, Joseph A. Biernat, Jr. '75, Trustee of Gettysburg College.

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While enjoying a successful career as a finance analyst, Joe always maintained an interest in the environment and concern about climate change; his undergraduate degree was in biology.

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Susan Abercrombie Biernat '77 and Joseph A. Biernat, Jr. '76 Fund

Purpose

Art and Art History, Music and Theatre

About the Donor

Susan and Joe have been lifelong donors and volunteers for the College, leveraging their own philanthropy to inspire the charitable giving of others.  Susan majored in Music Education and Joe in Biology at Gettysburg College.

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The fund was established by Susan and Joe Biernat to support their commitment to art, music and theatre as an integral part of a liberal arts education.

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Class of 1911 Fund

Purpose

All Subjects, Library Services

About the Donors

The fund was established in 1961, upon the fiftieth reunion of the Class of 1911.

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Robert Franklin Holley Preservation Fund

Purpose

Preservation and Conservation of Materials

About the Donor

Barbara Holley, Class of 1954, established this endowment in memory of her brother Robert who passed away in 2001. Robert was a woodworker. Barbara Holley noted, "He was very good at repairing things and putting things back together when they had come apart. This is one of the reasons that I thought a preservation fund was a good way to memorialize him."

More Information

Read more about this fund in the Spring 2005 Friends of Musselman Library Newsletter, p. 5.

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Thomas Y. Cooper Fund

Purpose

Literature, American History

About the Donor

Thomas Yost ("Ty") Cooper (1884-1967), longtime city editor of the Hanover (Pennsylvania) Evening Sun, established this fund in 1965.

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In addition to the fund, Cooper donated more than 1,600 books and other items to the Gettysburg College library in memory of his parents, Moses and Kate Miller Cooper. The collection includes many rare first editions of the classics, as well as an extensive collection of theatre programs and movie posters dating from the 1890s to 1959. Read more in the Fall 2003 Friends of Musselman Library Newsletter, p. 2.

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A. Bruce Denny Memorial Fund

Purpose

All Subjects, Library Services

About the Donors

The fund was established in 1973 by the classmates of A. Bruce Denny (1951-1973) as a memorial to their late friend.

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Arthur Bruce Denny, Class of 1973, was a Sociology major, Student Senate president, and member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. He died tragically at the beginning of his final semester. "Bruce's personality--his enthusiasm, his wit, his hard work and ideas--provided a mirror for each of us to see ourselves and size up our own goals and intentions," recalled J. Ray Scott, Denny's Student Senate Vice-President.

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Karen Drickamer Fund

Purpose

Special Collections

About the Donor

Karen Drickamer served as Director of Special Collections and College Archivist from 1999-2011. Her friends created this endowment in her honor.

More Information

See the Friends of Musselman Library Spring 2011 p. 20, and Spring 2013, p. 14 newsletters.

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Mike '69 and Nancy Hobor Fund

Purpose

Chinese history, culture, politics, art and language.

About the Donors

Mike Hobor '69 and wife Nancy Hobor established the Chinese Carpenter's Collection Bibliotecha Chinese Serendipity in 2008. Mike and Nancy both had careers in business and teaching. They frequently travel in Asia and Europe and collect contemporary Chinese ink and color paintings.

In addition to establishing this fund, Mike has donated many books, pamphlets and beautifully colored endpapers for bookmaking.  Along with family members Andrew and Nancy Dewing, the Hobors provided funds for the Marion Lombardo Hobor Bookbindery and Paper Conservation Laboratory.

More Information

Additional information about this gift can be found in the Fall 2008 Friends of Musselman Library Newsletter, p. 13.

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Robert Franklin Holley Preservation Fund

Purpose

Preservation and Conservation of Materials

About the Donor

Barbara Holley, Class of 1954, established this endowment in memory of her brother Robert who passed away in 2001. Robert was a woodworker. Barbara Holley noted, "He was very good at repairing things and putting things back together when they had come apart. This is one of the reasons that I thought a preservation fund was a good way to memorialize him."

More Information

Read more about this fund in the Spring 2005 Friends of Musselman Library Newsletter, p. 5.

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Sotaro Ishii '78 Fund

Purpose

Japan, Japanese Language

About the Donor

This fund was started in 1993, with a gift from Sotaro Ishii. Ishii was a student at Gettysburg College from 1977-79. He works as an investment consultant at Office Ishii in Tokyo.

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Janet '39 and George Maharay Endowment

Purpose

American History

About the Donor

Edward Maharay established the endowment in 2014 in memory of his parents Janet (Hancock) '39 and George.

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Maharay set up this fund to recognize his mother’s quiet Quaker heritage and her love of books and his father’s appreciation of American history. He wished them to be seen together again writing, “I hope the fund will keep their memory alive while at the same time providing meaningful tools and resources to future students and scholars.”

Prior to establishing this endowment, Maharay supported library acquisitions with annual gifts for more than a decade.

Read more about Maharay family gifts in the Friends of Musselman Library Newsletter:

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Stephen J. Nelson '69 and Janet Cooper Nelson Endowment in Honor of Professor Lou Hammann '51

Purpose

Religious Studies and Philosophy

About the Donors

Stephen Nelson and his wife Janet Cooper Nelson (Wellesley '71) established this fund to honor Professor Lou Hammann and to recognize the impact of his intellectual curiosity and profound teaching on generations of Gettysburg College students. 

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Stephen majored in religion and history; his post graduate career has been dedicated to higher education. He earned his PhD from the University of Connecticut and has worked in academia as an administrator, professor, researcher and writer. Stephen notes, “Over the years, it became increasingly clear to me the extraordinary impact Professor Hammann had on my life and career. He meant so much to me in and out of the classroom. Janet and I could think of no more appropriate gift to underscore the stature of Lou’s love of life and learning than this endowment.”

Read more about this fund in the Fall 2015 Friends of Musselman Library Newsletter, p. 14

Fall 2014 Friends of Musselman Library, p. 19

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G. Kenneth and Mary Newbould Fund

Purpose

Oral History

About the Donors

This endowment was established in the name of G. Kenneth Newbould, Class of 1931, and his wife Mary J. Newbould from the estate of Kenneth H. Newbould, Class of 1958. Kenneth H. Newbould is the son of G. Kenneth Newbould. While a student at Gettysburg College, the elder Newbould was a member of SAE, Pen and Sword, and Alpha Psi Epsilon (economics fraternity). He worked as a newspaper editor. His son was a history major and practiced law in Albany, NY.

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This endowment supports our oral history program, which began in1989. The library records and collects oral histories related to World War II, the Vietnam War and Gettysburg College history among other topics.  Many of the interviews were conducted by students from the Historical Methods class. Read more in the Spring 2013 Friends of Musselman Library Newsletter, p. 16.

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Robert C. "Bob" Nordvall Fund

Purpose

Italian language and culture.

About the Donor

Bob Nordvall (1940-2014) served in many capacities at Gettysburg College from 1972 until his retirement in 2002. He was the assistant business manager, assistant and associate dean of the college, associate provost, dean of first year students and lecturer in Interdepartmental Studies. Along the way he studied Italian and upon his retirement he moved to Pistoia, Italy. Bob always kept in touch with his friends, visiting often and sharing a blog of his insights about life in Italy for over a decade. His friends created this endowment in his name in 2014.

More Information

Read more about Bob Nordvall in the Spring 2014 issue (p. 12) of the Friends of Musselman Library Newsletter.

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Elizabeth Headley Paul '64 Fund

Purpose

Scientific databases

About the Donors

Beth Paul and her husband Richard (Dick) Paul established this fund anonymously in 2014. Upon Beth's death in 2017 Dick felt the time was right to remove the anonymity provision in the hope that their gift might inspire others to support science research collections at Gettysburg College. Dick said, "When Beth and I decided to make a gift to the library, we wanted to do something unique – that would be difficult for your library to fund."

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Beth was an accomplished pianist and organist. She majored in German and minored in English at Gettysburg College and went on to a successful 30 year career as a reference librarian. While they had no scientific background, Beth and Dick realized the high cost of science research materials and chose this as their area of philanthropy. Read more about this fund in the Spring 2019 Friends of Musselman Library Newsletter, p. 19

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Edred J. and Ruth Pennell Fund

Purpose

Political Science, Management, and Economics

About the Donors

Mary Pennell Simmons, Richard Pennell, and Edred Pennell, Jr. established the fund in 1989 as a memorial to their parents, Edred J. and Ruth Glenn Pennell.

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Edred Joseph Pennell (1890-1949) graduated from Gettysburg College in 1912, served in the US Army during World War I, and had a long and distinguished legal career. Ruth Glenn Pennell (1893-1989) was active in Pennsylvania state politics. The Pennell children donated Edred's vast personal library to Gettysburg College, with the sale of portions of the collection being used to establish a permanent memorial endowment.

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Louis and Claudia Schatanoff Fund

Purpose

Chemistry

About the Donors

In 1986 David Schatanoff, Class of 1959, established this endowment in the name of his parents.  Schatanoff was a chemistry major at the College and became a physician.  In addition to establishing this fund, he has also supported the College’s science programs with gifts to Biology, Chemistry and Physics for the purchase of scientific equipment.

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Louis Schatanoff (1905-1959) was born in Russia and came to the US at the age of one year. He became a naturalized US citizen in 1931, and practiced medicine in New Freedom Township, Pennsylvania, until his death. He and his wife Claudia (1904-1986) had two sons, Joseph and David, Class of 1959, both of whom also became doctors.

David Schatanoff’s daughter, Sandra Schatanoff, is also a Gettysburg graduate, Class of 1997.

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Kenneth L. Smoke Fund

Purpose

Psychology

About the Donors

The Gettysburg College Psychology Department established this fund in 1971 in honor of Kenneth L. Smoke, the department’s founder and long-time chair.

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Smoke (1903-1970) taught philosophy at Gettysburg College from1927-1929. He switched disciplines and taught psychology at Juniata College, then returned to Gettysburg in 1946, founding and chairing the Psychology Department until his death. He was married to Lillian Smoke, who served as College Librarian from 1959-1974.

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Laura M. Stoever Alcove Fund

Purpose

All Subjects, Library Services

About the Donor

Laura McLean Stoever (1849-1926) established the fund in 1925 in memory of her husband, Gettysburg College graduate William C. Stoever (1850-1924).

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William Casper Stoever was born in Gettysburg to Martin L. Stoever, Pennsylvania College Professor of History, and Elizabeth McConaughey. He graduated from the College in 1868 and became an eminent attorney. Laura and William married in 1874 and lived most of their lives in Philadelphia.

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Stephen H. Warner Fund

Purpose

Asian Studies, Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution

About the Donors

This fund was established by Esther and Harold Warner in memory of their son, Stephen Warner, Class of 1968, who was killed in Vietnam in 1971, three days before he was to return home.

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While a student at Gettysburg College, Stephen was known for his interest in civil rights and social justice. After graduating he went to Yale Law School for one year before being drafted and assigned to the Army's public relations headquarters in Vietnam. Stephen left behind a his photographs, notebooks, and other written commentary about the War, which are held in Special Collections. Read more in the Spring 2008 Friends of Musselman Library Newsletter, p. 16.

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Donald Weiser Fund

Purpose

Management

About the Donor

The fund was established by Frederick Weiser (Class of 1957) in honor of his father, Donald Weiser (Class of 1924).

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Donald K. Weiser (1902-1992) was born in Gettysburg. In college he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi, whose house is named for him. Most of his career was spent as a general manager for Aetna Life and Casualty in Chicago. He retired to Gettysburg and became a longtime trustee of the College.

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Dr. and Mrs. Jeremiah Zimmerman Fund

Purpose

All Subjects, Library Services

About the Donors

The Rev. Jeremiah Zimmerman (1848-1937) established the fund in 1931 in memory of his late wife, Elizabeth (1856-1930).

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Zimmerman graduated from Pennsylvania (later Gettysburg) College in 1873 and was ordained as a pastor, serving for most of his life in Syracuse, New York. A trustee of the college from 1917 until his death, Zimmerman contributed many rare art works and approximately 75,000 books to the Gettysburg College library. Following the death of his wife, the former Sophia Elizabeth Cook Amos, he established this endowment in her memory.

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