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Photo by Kim Sims, courtesy of the Duke University Archives The Duke community recently said “good bye” to a long-time campus resident, friend and generous donor. Eleanore (“Elli”) Jantz passed away this past summer at the age of 104. She was the last private resident of the faculty houses lining Campus Drive leading up to […]


Corporate mergers and acquisitions take place many times each year. These are often great for shareholders in terms of additional gain, but may also produce unwanted taxes. If a donor owns appreciated stock in a company that is subject to a takeover, merger, tender offer, negotiated sale or other acquisition, can the stock still be […]


Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment community lost a beloved member in 2014. But thanks to a generous donation of one of wood artist Kurt Hupé’s sculptures, his memory will live on in the place that nurtured his love of the environment. Hupé earned a bachelor of arts in economics and minor in biological […]


Brothers Edwin ’72 and Terry Murray began collecting comic books during the 1950s when they were young boys.  Every week they would pick up a new comic book from Durham’s Westside Pharmacy and would add it to their small collection.  As they grew older, their hobby strengthened and their collection continued to expand.  Eventually, boxes […]


As you pass through the Duke Medicine Pavilion concourse, you may have noticed the colorful mobile hanging overhead.  The delicate, red, leaf-like shapes dangling above immediately catch your eye.  This beautiful sculpture has been a wonderful addition to Duke, and provides a source of enjoyment and comfort for patients and visitors alike. It may surprise […]


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