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Nov. 12, 2003


    OSWEGO -- The family of a 1930 alumnus of SUNY Oswego has once again remembered their father by providing help for a student pursuing a degree in technology education.

    The daughter and son-in-law of William R. Keener, Lucille Keener Clark and Robert E. Clark Sr., have established an endowed fund to support a student with demonstrated commitment to technology education who faces financial need in pursuing his or her degree.

    They donated shares of an appreciated stock to endow the scholarship in honor of their father, who graduated from Oswego State in 1930.

    It is the second time the Clarks have contributed to support technology students in need. They also supported a graduate assistantship with an annual donation to help a graduate student pursue his or her degree.

    William R. Keener demonstrated his commitment to education by working up to three jobs simultaneously while attending school at Oswego. After graduating with his degree in industrial arts education, he taught students in junior high schools in the Allentown, Pa., area, where he lived until his death at age 93 in 2000.

    Keener was the first of his family to complete his education, and he worked laying bricks and building houses to make the money for college. A relative who saw his potential helped him.

    "What was done for him changed the course of his life, and the course of mine and his grandchildren," Lucille Clark said. That's why she wants to pass on the help. "Education is such a precious gift, and many don't have the opportunity."

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