A 105-year-old woman in Seattle, who died last year, left nearly $ 10 million at community colleges in Washington.
Eva Gordon was known for accumulating small assets by being a gentle and handy investor. It has purchased stocks from well-known Northwest companies such as Nordstrom, Microsoft and Starbucks.
“She was a very intelligent woman, a careful record-keeping person, very organized, and had the means to buy supplies and keep them that many people at that age didn’t do much,” said John Jacobs, 61, Gordon’s godfather and personal representative for the manor.
About a month ago, Eva Gordon’s estate sent checks for $ 550,000 to 17 colleges across the state, including North Seattle College and Seattle Central College. The contribution was a shock to many institutions because it was one of the greatest donations universities have ever received.
Gordon was known to take deep care of youth and education, and regularly donated children’s and educational programs. She never attended college, which she later regretted in her life. Jacobs said it could contribute to her decision to leave her money to these schools.
Gordon was also very private about her money. When news of her will came out, it even surprised some of her closest friends, many of whom had no idea what her wealth was.
There is no requirement for the use of money by universities, although Jacobs advised schools that Gordon would like funds to help create educational or training opportunities for disadvantaged people.
Renton Technical College, one of the beneficiaries, announced on Monday that it would use this money to create scholarships and grants for under-educated students and students with financial obstacles. The school’s students are many first-generation students, single parents and immigrants.
“Students will succeed at Renton Technical School through their own dedication and hard work,” said Kevin McCarthy, president of Renton Technical College. “But many face obstacles, and sometimes scholarships or scholarships contribute to staying in school.”
Gordon grew up in Eugene, Oregon, and moved to Seattle after high school. She worked as a sales assistant in an investment company and in 1964 she married a businessman with Ed Gordon. Neither of them came from money and lived modestly. Jacobs said he had become a common joke that “if it’s time to go for lunch or dinner, she always had an Applebee coupon.”
The couple never had children.
Eva Gordon’s wealth has increased considerably over the past few years. Virtually all of her money was referred to community colleges, while a very small part went to other educational or health care entities.
Jacobs said he remembers her as a hardworking worker and a fascinating woman. “Ten years ago, or probably more than that, if you got into her discussion of politics in Seattle or anything, it’s pretty sharp, you’ll lose that debate.”
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