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$250,000 Bequest To Clarkson In Honor Of Evans Mills Man Will Create Scholarship Endowment

Alice Singleton Williams never attended Clarkson University, but a generous gift of over $250,000 from her estate will create a student scholarship endowment in honor of her brother-in-law, Earl LaPointe.

LaPointe was born in 1901 and grew up in Evans Mills, N.Y. He majored in civil engineering at Clarkson and graduated in 1922. In 1925 he married Alice’s sister Ruth. Earl LaPointe worked for many years for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, finally retiring back in Evans Mills.

After LaPointe’s wife’s death, Alice Williams traveled back to Potsdam with LaPointe to attend many alumni reunions at Clarkson. Thankful for her help during his final illness, and concerned for her own financial situation, LaPointe made a bequest to his sister-in-law, with the request that any remainder be passed to Clarkson at her death.

After his death in 1986, Williams notified Clarkson of her intent to create an endowment in LaPointe’s memory through a bequest provision in her will. With the help of the University, guidelines were drafted and added to her will.

Mrs. Williams died in 1998. Because of her contacts with Clarkson, her bequest intentions were clearly stated and her gift passed directly to Clarkson. Thus Earl LaPointe was able to provide financial security to his sister-in-law and ultimately create a permanent endowment that will provide financial aid to deserving undergraduate students at Clarkson.

“Clarkson appreciates the efforts of both Mr. LaPointe and Mrs. Williams,” said Clarkson University President Denny Brown.  Not only do such bequests keep financial resources in our North Country, but this endowment will continue in the future to help the University attract the best and brightest students from the North Country and beyond.” The first awards will be made to students in the fall 2000.

The gift is part of the “Campaign for Clarkson,” a $70-million comprehensive fund-raising effort that was publicly announced in October 1998. In addition to student financial aid, other priorities of the campaign include support for the academic program and the new Bertrand H. Snell Hall. To date, $11 million of $14 million has been raised toward the building, and $37 million has been raised toward the $70 million total goal.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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