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Estate gift from Sam and Rosemary Sherr keeps on giving

Cooper family

Nearly 25 years after Sam and Rosemary Sherr first arranged an estate gift to support Wichita State, their generosity and goodwill continue to benefit WSU students.

When Sam Sherr died in 1996, seven years after his wife, a portion of their estate went immediately to Wichita State, substantially increasing two scholarships they had previously endowed for students in the College of Health Professions and the W. Frank Barton School of Business.

But a significant portion of the estate went to another beneficiary, with provisions that upon that person’s death, the remainder would go to WSU. With the death recently of that beneficiary, Wichita State received nearly $1 million. That amount is on top of the $1.25 million received in 1996.

“This illustrates wonderfully how powerful and enduring an estate gift can be,” says Mike Lamb, WSU Foundation vice president. “The Sherrs wanted to do something big for Wichita State, and they certainly have.”

Though the Sherrs were not from Wichita originally, they located a successful wholesale business here. They often said that having no children of their own, they wanted to help the children of others. Rosemary Sherr was a 1933 graduate of Wichita University. Sam Sherr had just a fourth-grade education but was a lifelong supporter of education.