Brothers leave alma mater URI $2.5 million

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SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Two brothers who attended the University of Rhode Island — and one who taught there — have left their alma mater $2.5 million.

The university said Tuesday the money from the late David and John Parker will primarily support the College of Engineering. It will also be used to create two endowments, one that provides scholarships for undergraduates studying ocean engineering and another to provide library resources that support the engineering curriculum.

David Parker graduated in 1934. John Parker graduated in 1940 and went on to teach mechanical engineering for 25 years. Both were avid and skilled sailors who built skiffs, which they donated to URI's Graduate School of Oceanography.

URI President David Dooley says the money is one of the largest bequests ever received by the university.

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