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Citadel News Service
11 Dec 2007

Alumnus donates half million to The Citadel

Henry and Jenny Johnson of Lake City, S.C., have donated $500,000 to The Citadel to create the Henry and Jenny Johnson Endowment for Historical Studies. The endowment will finance public lectures by authors of major books, conferences on pivotal events, oral histories of the South Carolina Lowcountry and student research and travel.

Henry, '75, and Jenny Johnson of Lake City, S.C.,

“It is extremely rare, if not unprecedented, for a department at a small college to receive a gift of this magnitude,” said Bo Moore, chairman of The Citadel’s Department of History. “The generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Johnson will have a major impact on academic life in Charleston.”

Moore anticipates that over the next few years the department will launch meetings to examine the legacy of World War II and the 1960s in addition to an oral history archive that chronicles the South Carolinians’ experiences with the events of their era. The department also hopes to send deserving students to study abroad and at major archives in the United States.

W. Henry Johnson, Jr. graduated from The Citadel in 1975 with a degree in history. He served on The Citadel Board of Visitors from 2000 to 2006 and currently serves on the board of The Citadel Foundation. Johnson is president of W. Lee Flowers & Co., Inc. in Lake City. The donation from him and his wife is administered by The Citadel Foundation and is part of the foundation’s Campaign for The Citadel fundraising effort.

“The Citadel has always been at the vanguard of the study of history.” Henry Johnson said. “The purpose of this gift…is to help make a great department even better. It is alarming to read survey results indicating how little American students know about history. That statistic needs to be changed. The history department will now have the financial resources necessary for special projects which will attempt to spread the love of history throughout the entire Corps and ultimately throughout our society.”

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