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Lee Smithwick

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Jeremiah Galvan Smithwick ’34

Though Lee Smithwick was never a student at Knox, she learned to love Knox through her husband, Jeremiah Galvan Smithwick ’34.

From the time of their marriage in 1970 to Jeremiah’s death in 2000, Lee was a partner to her husband in his support of Knox. After Jeremiah passed away, Lee became a donor in her own right and chose to fulfill her husband’s wish of endowing the Jeremiah Galvan Smithwick Scholarship Fund at Knox College through a generous gift of appreciated stock. The Fund provided scholarship support for two students each year and her only criteria for selection of the recipients was that they had need.

Lee loved that during her lifetime, she met face-to-face with the scholarship recipients. Each year Lee hosted a lunch for the scholarship students at her retirement home. She was interested and excited about hearing how her students navigated their way through college, studied abroad, declared their majors, and discovered themselves.

When Lee died, her own substantial bequest was added to the Smithwick Scholarship Fund, and today, the number of Knox students receiving financial support each year, thanks to the Smithwicks, is eight to 10.

Lee Smithwick found Knox late in life, and though she never had the opportunity to attend, the generosity of Jeremiah and Lee will ensure that young scholars will receive a transformational education at Knox College in perpetuity.

 

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