Furman University gets $6 million from supporter
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Furman University has been given $6 million from the estate of a World War II veteran who has been one of the South Carolina school’s strongest supporters.
University President Elizabeth Davis said in a news release the money comes from 1950 Furman graduate Thomas Farmer of Summerville. Davis said Farmer had given Furman about $3.8 million before he died in 2014 at age 90.
She said Farmer gave both time and money to the school.
Some of the latest money will go to an endowed scholarship fund in his name, as well as the Christina Farmer Waring Endowed Art Scholarship. Other money will go to Furman’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Farmer opened the first Lowe’s star in South Carolina and retired from the company in 1986.