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Gordon, ATM '81 and Carol Loughlin

Gordon, ATM '81 and Carol Loughlin

Gordon, ATM '81 and Carol Loughlin have provided in their estate plans for one of the largest gifts ever given to NDNU to establish the first endowed chair for the Art Therapy Program. Gordon ("Gordy") was the first man to enter the graduate program of Art Therapy at NDNU and he appreciated it so much that he wanted to ensure its success and continuance. Since he graduated, the program has become nationally known as one of the best in the United States for Art Therapy education.

In addition to their endowment bequest, each year, he and his wife, Carol, give a grant which they call the "Dinosaur Grant" ( Gordy named after himself) for a graduate student in the program. Gordy taught art in high school for a number of years. When he realized that some of the students, who had serious mental problems, seemed to get better when they got involved in art, he became very interested in studying Art Therapy. Once he graduated with his Masters Degree, he was so convinced of its value that he decided he would sponsor a scholarship each year to enable a student to become an Art Therapist. The Loughlin's generosity continues to help provide more therapists to a growing field.


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