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Florence Couple Leaves $2 Million to UA; Gift to Go to Student Scholarships

Don Boggan, (left) senior vice president of SunTrust Bank in Florence and trustee for the Tek estate, makes gift presentation to UA President Robert E. Witt.

Don Boggan, (left) senior vice president of SunTrust Bank in Florence and trustee for the Tek estate, makes gift presentation to UA President Robert E. Witt.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama has received a $2 million gift from the estate of the late Arnold and Julia Teks of Florence. The gift will be used for student scholarships.

“We are deeply appreciative of the generosity of the Teks and know that future students will benefit greatly from their giving back to the Capstone,” said Dr. Robert E. Witt, UA president.

Arnold Teks, an alumnus of the UA School of Law and longtime Florence city attorney, died in 1999 and his wife Julia, his law firm’s office manager, died in 2004.

The Teks had no children, and they lived a modest life, according to Greg Hyde, an attorney who knew the couple. The firm’s office space was sparsely furnished with old metal desks, Hyde said.

“The amount of this gift came as a complete surprise to me, but it does not surprise me that they would be so generous with their savings,” said Hyde.

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.

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