UIU awarded grant by American Legion of Iowa Foundation
FAYETTE, IOWA (July 9, 2007) – American Legion of Iowa Foundation (ALIF) Vice President Vic DeSloover of Fredericksburg visited Upper Iowa University (UIU) on Monday, July 9 for a special dedication ceremony to honor the late Churchill (Church) Williams, a former UIU board trustee and past American Legion member. The dedication took place at Dorman Memorial Gymnasium on the Fayette campus, where a plaque in Williams’ name was placed over an automatic door opener purchased with a $2,935 grant awarded to Upper Iowa by the ALIF. The grant was written by UIU employee Tricia Pugh.
Williams, a longtime Oelwein resident and businessman, joined Upper Iowa University’s Board of Trustees in 1975, serving as chair from 1979-1985. In 1992, UIU honored Williams with a distinguished service award for his good citizenship as well as his humanitarian service. A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Williams also served in the U.S. Army Air Force as a bomber pilot in the South Pacific, where his heroic service earned him some of the highest honors, including the Presidential Citation, Silver Star, and Pacific Ribbon medals. Williams passed away in 2005.
The addition of an automatic door opener to the new doors installed during Dorman Gymnasium renovations this past spring will allow greater handicap accessibility to the main entrance.
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