Dr. John Archer Library receives planned gift from long-time employee of the University of Regina

News Release Release Date: January 1, 2011 1:00 p.m.

Past University of Regina employee and former Regina resident, Walter Raff, has endowed the University more than $300,000 to the Dr. John Archer Library.

The Walter Raff Collection Development Endowment which began in 2004 will be enhanced because of his planned gift. Funds will acquire books for the Library in the collection holdings in English Literature, including history and criticism, and History and Philosophy of Western Europe.

"Because of the magnitude of this gift, we are able to create better education and research opportunities for students to go to the Library and enrich their knowledge taught to them in the classroom," said University of Regina President Dr. Vianne Timmons. "Complementing and enhancing their education by expanding our collection is truly a lasting legacy from one donor's far-sighted gift."

Estate gifts enable individuals to leave a legacy of education to future generations of students and faculty. Gifts are committed in the present and are realized in the future through estate planning. The University of Regina is enthusiastic about its students who join dedicated faculty, creative researchers and committed staff to shape a vibrant scholarly community that is drawn together by unity of purpose - providing the best education and growing greater futures.

Raff earned degrees from the University of Manitoba, the University of British Columbia and from the University of Toronto where he obtained his Masters in Library Studies. He worked in the Dr. John Archer Library from 1965-88 and in his retirement years, volunteered his time in the Library.

For more information on planned giving, visit: www.uregina.ca/campaign/planned-giving.