- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Bucknell University alumnus has pledged $20 million to the central Pennsylvania school.

The gift from Class of 1945 graduate Bob Malesardi and his wife, Doris, is the largest in Bucknell history. It came in the form of a commitment from Malesardi’s estate and will be used for financial aid.

Bucknell President John Bravman said Friday, “This gift will quite literally change the lives of an untold number of students.”

Malesardi was 16 when he enrolled at Bucknell and majored in accounting. The World War II veteran ran an accounting firm and developed real estate, until recently co-owning the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

He calls the gift to Bucknell “one of the most meaningful and gratifying decisions of my life.”

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