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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Edward and Agnes Boulger

Agnes Kowitz Boulger '41 chose Northwest's Department of Family and Consumer Sciences as the beneficiary of one of three gifts she made in memory of her late husband, Edward.

Sept. 2, 2010

Memorial gift benefits Northwest's FCS department

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University's Department of Family and Consumer Sciences has undergone many changes since it became an area of study on campus nearly 103 years ago. However, one thing that has remained the same is the loyalty and dedication of the students and alumni who have been a part of this department.

One such alumna is Agnes Kowitz Boulger '41. After growing up in the Savannah area and graduating from Northwest, she received a master's from Iowa State University and enjoyed a lengthy career in high school home economics education before retiring in 1981. Currently a resident of Kankakee, Ill., Boulger still has a special place in her heart for Northwest and many fond memories of her time as a Bearcat. That is why upon the passing of her husband, Edward Boulger, in 2009, she chose the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Northwest as the beneficiary of one of three memorial gifts she made in his honor to universities.

Dr. Deborah Lewis Fravel, the department chair, said this gift could not have come at a better time.

"Faculty members in the department have been working hard to implement a strategic plan that reflects contemporary practice in its disciplines," Fravel said. "This gift allows us to put feet to some of our dreams for updated equipment and materials. We are grateful for Mrs. Boulger's forward thinking and kindness."

Boulger's contribution of $10,000 is unrestricted, allowing the department to determine how to best use the funds. Facilities and equipment upgrades within the department, mainly for the Food and Nutrition Laboratory and the Early Childhood Education Laboratory, are two areas likely to benefit from this gift.

For more information about giving opportunities within the College of Education and Human Services, contact Andrea Wagner, a development officer with the Northwest Foundation, at 660.562.1248 or

The Northwest Foundation, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation, is responsible for receiving, investing, stewarding and disbursing private support on behalf of the donors of Northwest Missouri State University for the benefit of the University, its students, faculty, staff and alumni. The Northwest Foundation, governed by a 29-member volunteer board of directors, is staffed by members of Northwest's Office of University Advancement.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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