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FMU, FDTC receive gift from Marion G. Daniels estate

FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University and Florence-Darlington Technical College have each received a financial gift from the estate of Marion G. Daniels of Pamplico.

 Daniels specified that her estate be divided equally between the two schools, with money going to each school’s endowment fund for “scholarships for deserving students.” Each school will receive more than $200,000.

Daniels died on March 31, 2003, at the age of 92. She was a homemaker and was active in her church. Her husband, Glenn, who died in 1990, co-owned the Daniels Brothers store at Salem Crossroads in Pamplico with his brother.

 Several of Daniels’ nieces and a nephew received degrees from FMU: Linda Ard earned a master’s degree in early childhood education in 1975; Rita Poston Coleman earned a master’s degree in elementary education in 1981; Karen Poston Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1981; Hollis Gaskins Kersey received an associate’s degree in nursing in 1971; and Barry Turner received a B.S. degree in computer science in 1990. Ard’s son, J. Banning Ard, received a bachelor’s degree in history from FMU in 2002.

Daniels’ nephew, James Marshall Daniels, attended FDTC, as did Ard’s husband, Vance. Another niece, Judy Gaskins Yanello, received an associate’s degree in nursing from FDTC in 1978.

 “Francis Marion University is extremely appreciative of this generous gift from Ms. Daniels,” said FMU president Fred Carter. “This money will provide scholarships for numerous students who otherwise may not have the resources to pursue a college education.”

Dr. Charles Gould, president of FDTC, said, “The cost of higher education is going up, but this generous gift by the Daniels family will make the dream of going to college a reality for many deserving folks.”

#167 / 4-28-04

Last Published: May 10, 2004 10:56 AM
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