Museum receives $100,000+ donation

The South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum received a gift of $101,339 to establish the Lawrence and Janice Embry Agricultural Heritage Museum Endowment at SDSU.  The endowment will provide an annual distribution for support of the museum. The Embry’s trust transferred a portion of their estate to the museum after the passing of Janice in 2014. Their endowment will support the museum’s educational and preservation projects for years to come.

Dr. Lawrence Embry served on the SDSU faculty in the Animal and Range Sciences Department for 33 years. He specialized in teaching and research of beef nutrition. Dr. Embry was named a Distinguished University Benefactor. He was cited for his financial contributions in establishing the Lawrence and Berenice Embry Athletic Scholarship as well as the Lawrence Embry Student Research Assistant Program. The Distinguished Benefactor award is the highest donor award given by the University Foundation. Dr. Embry retired from teaching at SDSU in 1983. Dr. Embry passed away Nov. 9, 1997.  Janice Embry worked as a secretary for the Extension Department, Admissions and Records Office, and for the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. She served in the latter capacity for 11 years and retired in 1985. Mrs. Embry is a graduate of SDSU having earned a degree in Art Education in 1972. Janice married Lawrence Embry on May 16, 1993. Janice Embry passed away on December 17, 2014.

An estate gift or deferred gift is a great way to be remembered for your commitment to agricultural history and education. It can be your legacy of service to ensure that the museum continues to thrive for future generations. If you are interested in learning more about how estate planning can benefit the museum, please call the SDSU Foundation and ask for Marc C. Littlecott 605-697-7475 or Bruce Nearhood at 605-697-7472.