Women Philanthropists for KU spring meeting honors KU benefactress, Elizabeth Watkins
April 16, 2011
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For the spring meeting of Women Philanthropists for KU, guests attended the premiere of "Elizabeth, Betsy and Bess: A conversation with Elizabeth Watkins." The play celebrated the sesquicentennial of Elizabeth Watkins' birth. Ronald Willis, KU professor emeritus of theatre, researched and wrote the play. Jack Wright, professor of theatre and film, directed the play’s cast of three — KU students Maggie Parker and Shannon Buhler; and Gail Trottier, theatre staff member. If not for Elizabeth Miller Watkins, the University of Kansas and the city of Lawrence would be very different today. She is one of the most magnanimous donors the university has ever had. Her gifts for the benefit of the university are worth more than $32.5 million today. A number of the guests who attended were current residents and alumnae of KU's Watkins and Miller Scholarship Halls.
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