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Kuehns' Estate Gift Benefits Agriculture Students And Research

April 26, 2010

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A DuQuoin couple remembered for their devotion to SIUC will benefit students for years to come.  Harold and Nora Kuehn left a significant estate gift to the SIUC Foundation.  The gift includes the Kuehn farmland located in Dowel, IL.  In accordance with the wishes of the estate, a portion of the property was sold for the purpose of funding scholarships in support of students pursuing degrees in Plant and Soil Science, and Animal Science.  The remaining acreage will be used for research and educational purposes, and has been named the Kuehn Research and Education Center.  The farm will be a key to conducting large-scale research that will benefit farmers throughout the region. 

Harold received his bachelor’s degree from SIU in 1951, and was the first President of the Ag Alumni Society.  He received distinguished service awards from both the SIU Alumni Association and the SIU Foundation.  Harold was a career farmer who produced grain and livestock.  Recognized as an Illinois Master Farmer, Harold was a former president of the Illinois Soybean Association and worked for the Foreign Agriculture Service in USDA which help facilitate his travel to 49 countries assisting with market development.  Nora, worked at Croessman Wholesale for 25 years, before retiring and selling the business to her two employees.  Nora often accompanied with Harold on his business trips to foreign countries, and also attended several events and activities at SIUC.   Doris Rottschalk, former SIU Alumni Association President, stated “Harold Kuehn was an inspiration to all who knew him.  He was devoted to his wife Nora and SIU.  He realized that his success came from the opportunities he received at SIUC, and he was always willing to give back to his alma mater.  He was SIU’s ambassador who served with enthusiasm, dedication, and dignity.”  To learn more about the Kuehn estate gift, following the link to the stories below.