Trine University alum gives $1 million to namesake school

ANGOLA, Ind. (AP) — A 95-year-old man who graduated from northeastern Indiana’s Trine University in the 1930s is donating $1 million to his alma mater.

Trine officials say Ralph Ketner’s donation is designated for the Ketner School of Business Endowment Fund.

Ketner has been a longtime benefactor of his namesake business school. He previously donated nearly $2 million to endow a chair and to establish an endowment fund for it at the Angola campus.

The Journal Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1YAOdJl ) Ketner’s parents died during the Great Depression, leaving him an orphan. He graduated from what was then known as Tri-State College in 1939.

Ketner co-founded a company that became Food Lion, a successful 1,300-store grocery chain in the mid-Atlantic and southeast U.S.

He celebrated his 95th birthday in September and lives in Catawba, North Carolina.

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Information from: The Journal Gazette, http://www.journalgazette.net

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