Major Planned Gift Will Support Faculty and Museum of Art


A $13.7 million planned gift from John Betts ’64 and his wife, Jennifer, is the second-largest gift ever committed to Grinnell College. The Betts Faculty Endowment of $12.7 million will focus on interdisciplinary fields and projects that leverage research in biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, computer science, and mathematics. The Betts Museum Endowment of $1 million will be used for museum programs, collection maintenance, teaching and learning opportunities, and to help preserve the Betts Family Art Collection. Betts worked at Aerospace Corp. for 17 years and was a technical fellow at Boeing when he retired in 2009. John and Jennifer reside in Oregon.

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