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Muskingum alumna and trustee donates nearly $3 million

Charleen Green KirkpartrickMuskingum College recently received an extraordinarily generous bequest—totaling $2.8 million—from alumna and former trustee, Dr. Charleen Green Kirkpatrick ’50.

Dr. Kirkpatrick graduated from Muskingum College in 1950, having majored in chemistry. She subsequently obtained her medical degree from Women’s Medical College of Philadelphia.

Following her graduation from medical school, Dr. Kirkpatrick became a prominent anesthesiologist in California. She was a member of the American Medical Association, the California Medical Association, the American Medical Women’s Association, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and the California Society of Anesthesiologists.

As a student, Dr. Kirkpatrick was active in the FAD Club, the band, the Pre-Med Club and the Gospel Team. As an alumna, Dr. Kirkpatrick continued her dedication to Muskingum, participating in the Alumni Council. From 1980 to 1999, Dr. Kirkpatrick served Muskingum as a long-time member of the Board of Trustees. Passionate about academics and scholarship, Dr. Kirkpatrick was both a member and chair of the Board’s Academic Affairs Committee. After retiring from active trusteeship, Dr. Kirkpatrick continued to serve Muskingum College as an emeritus member of the Board. In total, Dr. Kirkpatrick’s commitment to our learning community spanned almost six decades.

With her final gift, Dr. Kirkpatrick’s legacy of leadership will endure throughout time. Her bequest—earmarked for our endowment—will help ensure the long-term distinction of our educational program. “Dr. Kirkpatrick’s commitment to her alma mater challenges us to continue our legacy of educational excellence while simultaneously providing us with the important resources to do so,” noted President Anne Steele. She continued, “Our community of learning will be forever appreciative to Dr. Kirkpatrick.”