UNT announces it will receive largest bequest in school history from Voertman estate

Tue, Oct 17, 2017 - 2:25pm

The University of North Texas announced Tuesday that it will receive the largest bequest in its history from the estate of Paul R. Voertman, the former owner of Denton's iconic Voertman's Bookstore and a local patron of art and music.

Voertman died June 21 at the age of 88.

A celebration of his life and a concert to honor both him and his longtime partner, the late Richard Ardoin, will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday at UNT's Murchison Performing Arts Center. The public is invited to attend.

Voertman's gift to UNT, projected to be at least $10 million, is designated to the colleges of Liberal Arts and Social...

UNT receives largest gift bequest

The University of North Texas announced today that it will receive the largest monetary gift in its history from the estate of Paul R. Voertman, the former owner of Denton’s iconic Voertman’s Bookstore.

According to a news release, Voertman died June 21 at the age of 88. Voertman and Richard Ardoin, his partner of 48 years, were extremely generous to UNT during their lifetimes. Ardoin, who died in 2002, made a significant estate gift to UNT that includes a charitable trust. With Voertman’s gift, the couple’s combined contribution to UNT totals more than $15 million, making them UNT’s top donors.

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UNT programs included in $1.9 million gift

Sat, Nov 21, 2015 - 10:10pm

The University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design is among the beneficiaries of a major donation from an alumnus.

The art college received $250,000 from Jerome “Bruzzy” Westheimer, who graduated from UNT in 1965. The donation will go to the Valerie Dean Westheimer Memorial Fellowship for Visual Arts and Design. An additional $250,000 was given by Westheimer’s nephew, Dr. Christian O’Donnell, who graduated in 1986 to support the Valerie Dean Westheimer Graduate Fellowship in Music and The Valerie Dean Westheimer Scholarship in Music. These gifts were given in memory and named for Westheimer’s sister, Valerie...

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Notre Dame School campaign is 90% complete

Sun, Nov 8, 2015 - 8:56pm

by Holly Haber

The Notre Dame School of Dallas has raised 90 percent of its $11 million Hearts & Hammers Campaign to improve its facility and programming, according to campaign chair Mary Terry. She made the announcement Saturday at the school’s 32nd annual fundraiser at the Hilton Anatole.

Notre Dame serves North Texas children and young adults of all faiths as Dallas’ only school dedicated to youth with intellectual disabilities. It serves 150 students ages 8 to 22 with IQ scores ranging from 30 to 70 with an emphasis on life skills and vocational training.

The funds are being...