Marquette receives $5M donation for new Jesuit Residence

Special to The Freeman

March 19, 2014

MILWAUKEE – Marquette University has received a $5 million donation from Ray and Kay Eckstein through their charitable trust for a new on-campus residence for its community of Jesuit priests.

“This is a wonderful expression of the Ecksteins’ amazing generosity to Marquette,” said Rev. Robert Wild, Marquette’s interim president, during his State of the University address. “Our members of the Society of Jesus, who have dedicated their lives to supporting and serving Jesuit education, are incredibly moved by this remarkable gift.”

The $5 million gift brings Marquette one step closer to its $15 million fundraising goal to build an on-campus residence for the university’s community of Jesuit priests.

In January, Marquette announced that an anonymous donor had given a lead gift of $10 million, with $7.5 million set aside for the Jesuit residence. According to a Marquette statement, work will include renova-tions to the center of campus and will begin once fundraising is finished.

In May 2007, the Ecksteins donated $51 million to Marquette University toward construction of a new Law School facility. According to Marquette, the gift was the largest ever made by individuals to a Wisconsin college or university at the time, and is still one of the largest ever to a law school in the United States.