Loras College has received a gift from the estate of a Delaware County man who passed away last year.
Bob Holtz died last year at the age of 89. But his generosity lives on.
The college, based in Dubuque, says they recently received a $2 million estate gift from Holtz. The contribution will be added to an endowment scholarship already established in his name, which is primarily intended for students from Ed-Co and West Delaware.
Loras College will also name its advancement suite on the second floor of Keane Hall “the Bob Holtz Advancement Suite”. Keane Hall serves as the college’s main administration building and is also home to the Francis J. Noonan School of Business and the Loras Cancer Research in Exercise Science Lab.
Holtz never attended college himself – he farmed near Greeley, was a U.S. Army veteran and founded Holtz Construction, which primarily built hog barns.
But he was a big believer in the value of education. Michael Doyle, Vice President for Advancement and Treasurer at Loras, calls Holtz a community leader who has helped over 60 students attend Loras College over the past 20-plus years. Doyle says because of Holtz’s generosity, students will continue to have the opportunity to attend Loras.
story and photo courtesy of Loras College
From left: Michael H. Doyle, J.D. (’91), Vice President for Advancement, Bill Holtz, President Jim Collins(’84), and Ray Schirmer