- Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A lifelong animal lover has left a gift of nearly $900,000 to benefit the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

The university says in a release that Betty Lorraine Butler, a Savannah resident who retired from the Union Camp Corporation in 1990, died at her home in September 2015. Friends say she owned dogs throughout her life and cared for stray animals near her home.

University leaders are using Butler’s gift to start an annual seminar that will be known as the Butler Seminar Series. World-renowned scholars will be brought to the UGA campus to lead a discussion about the benefits and risks of human-animal interactions.

The college will also establish the Betty Butler Scholarship Fund, which will be awarded annually to students dedicated to companion animal science.

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