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Nov. 15, 2011ST. JOSEPH, MO |  By: ALLISON

Estate Gift

Financial assistance will be provided to Northwest Missouri State University to help respond to special opportunities.

The northwest foundation's venture fund will receive unrestricted support of $125,000 from the Willard F. Dunning estate gift. Dunning was born in St. Joseph in 1920, attended High School in Kansas and served 20 years in the United States Air Force. Dunning married his wife, Laura Bell McGraw Phelps, in 1964. Laura Bell was a student at Northwest in 1934 and became a vocal music instructor. The estate provision has been made in both names to honor the couple's many years together.