Friends University Plans Smith Apartment Dedication Ceremony Sept. 23

News Date: 
Fri. 09/18/2009

Friends University’s newest student housing complex, J.R. and Gertrude Smith Apartments, will be dedicated in honor of the Smiths in a ceremony at 2 p.m. Sept. 23 in front of the apartments on the southeast corner of the campus.

J.R. and Gertrude Smith, both deceased, gifted more than $3 million to the University since 1991. Members of the Smiths’ family, University administrators, students and staff will attend the dedication.

“We feel this is just a small way we can honor the Smiths and their commitment to the University’s mission and our students,” said Dr. Biff Green, president of Friends University.

The Smiths lived in Harper, Kan., where they farmed and raised livestock. They were very active in the lives of their nieces and nephews, their church and their community. J.R. passed away in 2002, and Gertrude died in January.

“The Smiths lived frugally in order to provide a very generous gift to Friends University students someday,” said Nancy Hinten, director of Planned Giving at the University. “They would be pleased knowing that their gift will enable Friends University to have a home away from home for students while they attend the University and pursue their education.”

The 40,382-square-foot J.R. and Gertrude Smith Apartments can house up to 82 students.

For more information on establishing a planned gift with the University, please contact Nancy Hinten at 316-295-5820 or

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