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Alumnus’ $2.1 million Bequest to Benefit John Cook School of Business

Saint Louis University’s Office of Planned Giving is pleased to announce that the University is the recipient of a recent bequest totaling $2.1 million. The generous gift was made by the estate of Alfred Dunkin Sr., an alumnus of SLU’s business school (’24) and an accountant who was retired from Edison Brothers in St. Louis, and his wife Irene.

The gift will create a scholarship fund for accounting majors in the John Cook School of Business, called the Alfred and Irene Dunkin Scholarship, as well as the Alfred V. Dunkin Professorship in Accounting, also in the business school. 

While working full time, Mr. Dunkin attended night classes to earn his accounting degree from Saint Louis University, which enabled him to have a long and fruitful career. His son, Alfred Dunkin Jr., also attended SLU, graduating from the business school in 1950 and the law school in 1953. 

“Through the generosity of alumni like Mr. Dunkin, the Cook School has the ability to attract and retain the quality faculty we need so we can continue to provide our students with a first-class Jesuit education,” said Dean Mark Higgins. “Additionally, Mr. Dunkin’s support ensures that capable accounting students of all socio-economic backgrounds have access to that education. This posthumous gift is greatly appreciated by all in the John Cook School of Business.”

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