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Centenarian makes $1.5m bequest to Advocate BroMenn

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 17:46:33 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

Centenarian makes $1.5m bequest to Advocate BroMenn A woman who graduated from Brokaw School of Nursing 83 years ago has left a $1.5 million gift to Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical center in Normal. Marie "Becky" McLanahan died recently at the age of 105.

"She was very active and mentally engaged all the way up to the time of her passing. She paid her own bills. She was active in the stock market and made stock transactions so she was very astute financially."

Advocate BroMenn Vice President for Development Scott Ford says it is a generous gift to her alma mater and a hospital she felt close to.

"You know those were the early formative years of her life and she carried the tools of that the nursing profession with her her entire life and obviously it was an emotional experience for her."

McLanahan graduated only a year before the 1929 stock market crash began the Great Depression. Half her estate is going to Advocate BroMenn to help pay for the new tower addition. The other half goes to Northwestern University, the alma mater of her late husband. Ford says a space in the new tower will be dedicated to McLanahan.


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