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September 10, 2015

West Virginia Wesleyan Receives $500,000 Bequest

West Virginia Wesleyan has received a $500,000 bequest from the estate of Warren L. Garner ’50 and Shirleen Satterfield Garner ’51, which will benefit Wesleyan’s chemistry and music departments.

Warren Garner enrolled at Wesleyan from Renick, WV while Shirleen grew up in Fairmont. The couple met at the College and maintained a connection with the school long after their graduation. Mr. Garner enjoyed a successful career at Dow Chemical while Mrs. Garner taught piano and organ lessons in Midland, MI.

The donation will allow the chemistry department to purchase a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. The equipment will help ensure that Wesleyan will graduate qualified, well-trained chemists to continue to innovate and create. The gift will be used by the music department in their purchase and investment in equipment, furniture, or instruments.

“We are extremely grateful that the Garners decided to establish a lasting legacy with this transforming gift,” noted Wesleyan President Dr. Pamela Balch ’71.  “Their generosity will have an immediate impact on both our chemistry and music departments, two of our most distinguished academic programs. It will also allow us to establish endowment funds that can be used to address future equipment needs.” 

West Virginia Wesleyan College is a private residential college affiliated with The United Methodist Church.  The school has over 1,500 students and offers 47 undergraduate majors and 34 minors along with graduate programs in athletic training, business, education, English creative writing, and nursing.

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