UNC-CH School of Education gets $3 million bequest

jstancill@newsobserver.comJune 24, 2014 

— UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Education has received a $3 million gift, the largest in the school’s history.

The bequest will establish the Donald G. Tarbet Endowment Fund for Faculty Support, to honor the memory of a former faculty member.

The endowment will provide faculty stipends to develop innovative educational programs, support junior faculty and other areas of faculty support.

The gift comes from the estate of Tarbet’s wife, Justeen Tarbet, a longtime Chapel Hill resident and former university staffer who died in January 2013 at the age of 94. She and Donald Tarbet had been married for 54 years when he died in 1995.

Tarbet joined the School of Education faculty in 1952 and was director of the university’s summer school. He developed early televised courses that were broadcast on UNC-TV.

The Tarbet estate was largely composed of proceeds from the sale of a family farm in Missouri where Tarbet was raised. The couple had no children.

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