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Rossman School Receives $1 Million Gift for Professional Development

By: Communications Manager Sarah Meyer

December 2, 2016

Rossman School in Creve Coeur has received a $1 million grant from the William R. Orthwein Jr and Laura Rand Orthwein Foundation. The gift, which comes as the independent preparatory elementary school celebrates its 100th year, will establish an endowment fund to support faculty and staff professional development in perpetuity.

“For a century, Rossman has prided itself on recruiting, retaining and supporting the finest educators,” said Head of School Pat Shipley. “This transformational gift will enable us to continue that legacy by providing a permanent fund to support our educators as they seek out opportunities to enhance their teaching, better engage students, and learn about advancements in their fields.”

The Orthwein family represents three generations of Rossman School alumni. William Orthwein was a member of the graduating class of 1928. His daughters, Laura Orthwein (’52) and Nina Orthwein Durham (’55) also attended Rossman, as did his grandchildren Laura Hartmann (’78), Elisabeth Bacon (’81) and Ed Durham (’86). In issuing the $1 million pledge, the Orthwein Foundation cited Mr. Orthwein’s “great passion and commitment for Rossman School.” The grant is the largest endowment gift in the school’s history and will increase the fund’s total to over $11 million.

“The Orthweins have always been loyal supporters and treasured friends of Rossman,” said President of the Rossman School Board of Trustees David Kantrovitz. “We are profoundly grateful for this latest expression of support. In our ever-changing world, teaching is a complex and dynamic profession. In order to meet the needs of today’s students, it is critical that we support and encourage ongoing growth and learning from every one of our educators. The Foundation’s remarkable generosity and vision will carry Rossman into its second century with a substantial resource dedicated to ensuring every Rossman student receives the highest quality elementary education.”

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