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Grand View Philanthropist Visited Campus

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Grand View philanthropist Mrs. Alice Humphrey ’47 was on campus Friday, July 11.  She was accompanied by her college-age granddaughter Katie.

Grand View faculty and staff greeted Alice and Katie to share their appreciation for her gifts that enabled Grand View to remodel Old Main in the late ‘90’s and then rename the building in honor of Alice and her late husband, Bruce ’47.  Over the past 15 years, Alice has made additional gifts that have helped maintain the building and surrounding grounds in a first class manner.  She toured the building and the rest of campus while she was here.

Alice is the classic American success story having grown up in a one-bedroom Connecticut apartment with her Danish immigrant mother and brother.  In 1945, at the age of 18, she boarded a train filled with GI’s returning from the war to arrive at Grand View, a place she had never visited.  She lived on third floor, what is now the Advancement wing, in a room that has been preserved as it was 60 years ago. It was here she met Bruce and they went on to build a successful chemical business together.  Bruce died in 1988. It should also be noted the Humphrey’s only child, Katie’s father, passed away 18 years ago.  Alice now lives in a retirement community in a Philadelphia suburb.

 

Here is a video of Alice in her preserved dorm room.

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