Longtime Supporter Jim McClevey Passes Away
Philanthropist Supported Chair in Education at Crow Canyon
Longtime Crow Canyon friend Robert "Jim" McClevey, Jr., passed away on April 28, 2011, only two days after his 101st birthday.
A loyal Crow Canyon supporter, Jim attended Crow Canyon annual meetings until he was into his 90s, driving from his hometown of Ottawa, Illinois. On his return home, he stopped by the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, where he attended alumni events.
Jim was devoted to his wife, Eleanor, a former school teacher. To honor Eleanor and her 35-year commitment to education, Jim created three charitable remainder unitrusts in 1995, 1996, and 1999. An estate gift derived from these unitrusts will establish and maintain a permanently restricted endowment fund which will be used to support the education mission of Crow Canyon.
"The establishment of the Eleanor and Robert A. McClevey, Jr., Chair in Education will be a tremendous benefit to attracting and retaining talented people who can lead Crow Canyon to a new level of innovative education programs and educational research," said Vice President of Finance and Administration Gayle Prior. "Eleanor and Jim supported Crow Canyon from its beginning and this endowed chair will endure permanently as a testament to their commitment to the success of our educational mission.”
Jim obtained his degree at the School of Mines in 1932. He proudly served in the United States Army in World War II and was a mining engineer for 41 years at Ottawa Silica. A philanthropist who loved his family and community, he was a member of numerous civic, veterans, and professional organizations.
Jim is survived by three nieces and their families. The Crow Canyon staff extends condolences to his family.
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