Assistant Vice President for Legacy Gifts
Office of Advancement
2 East South Street
Smith V. Brand gave to Knox every single year following his 1960 graduation, and when he died in 2010 he left a significant bequest for a scholarship in his name. His commitment to Knox spread in turn to his life partner, Alexander P. Misheff, who, when he died in 2012, left a bequest establishing an endowed chair in theatre arts in Brand’s name.
Smith came to Knox from a small town in Fulton County, Illinois, and after majoring in English literature and speech, went on to a career in theatre education at South Suburban College in South Holland, Illinois. Smith was a loyal Knox “star donor,” meaning he gave every year during his lifetime. Over those 50 years, his annual gifts to the Knox Fund were unrestricted, allowing the College to use his gifts for any purpose.
When he died in 2010, Smith left a bequest to establish the Smith V. Brand Endowed Scholarship, which provides financial support for students pursuing studies in speech and theatre arts. The rest of his estate was left to his partner, attorney Alexander P. Misheff.
Through Smith’s love of Knox, Alex also got to know the College—and he wanted Smith’s name and legacy to live on at Knox. So with his own transformational bequest, Alex established the Smith V. Brand Endowed Chair in Theatre Arts.
Together, Smith V. Brand and Alexander P. Misheff have ensured that passionate theatre students will have the opportunity to attend Knox and to study with distinguished faculty members.
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