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NEW WILMINGTON College receives bequest



Published: Tue, April 2, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The minister pastored churches in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida.

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- The Rev. Joseph T. Brownlee, a 1935 Westminster College graduate, left the college a bequest valued at more than $1 million to fund the Jane Smiley Brownlee Scholarship Fund.

The Rev. Mr. Brownlee died Jan. 12, 2002.

"We are grateful to Rev. Brownlee for remembering Westminster College," said Gloria C. Cagigas, vice president for institutional advancement. "Establishing this scholarship fund will benefit many students and continue the Smiley Brownlee legacy for generations to come."

After attending Westminster College, Mr. Brownlee went on to the Pittsburgh-Xenia Theological Seminary, married his college sweetheart Jane Elizabeth Smiley (Class of 1936), who was the niece of Westminster resident Dr. Robert F. Galbreath, and served the rest of his life at Presbyterian churches.

According to Mr. Brownlee's wishes, scholarship preference will be given to members of the churches where he served: The Presbyterian Church of Plumville, Pa.; Trinity Presbyterian Church of Lisbon, Ohio; Second Presbyterian Church of Cambridge, Ohio; Highland Sixth Presbyterian Church of Cleveland; Grace Presbyterian Church of Martins Ferry, Ohio; and Nobleton Community Church of Nobleton, Fla. Lawrence County residents are also eligible to apply for scholarship assistance.

The first Smiley Brownlee scholarship was established in 1988.

For more information, contact Robert Latta, director of financial aid at Westminster, at (724) 946-7106 or e-mail him at lattara@westminster.-edu.




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