Author, wife pledge $1.5 million to Missouri Libraries


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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Author William Trogdon and his wife, Jo Ann, have pledged a $1.5 million estate gift to support rare books and special collections at Missouri Libraries. The couple also donated $100,000 for scholarships to the university's School of Health Professionals.

Trogdon, also known as William Least Heat-Moon, is best known for his book "Blue Highways."

The university said Friday the endowed gift will go to the existing William Trogdon Libraries Fund, which buys and conserves rare materials at the libraries.

The latest gift brings the couple's total donations to the libraries to $3.5 million. That does not include rare and unique works from their personal collection.

The School of Health Professions gift will create the Ralph Grayston Trogdon Scholarship, which will support disabled students who want to become health care practitioners.

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