This Librarian Saved Up To Leave $4 Million To His University After His Death

He worked there for nearly 50 years.

Robert Morin worked for nearly 50 years as a cataloguer at the University of New Hampshire's Diamond Library.


Morin, a graduate of the school, passed away last year at the age of 77. He left his $4 million estate to the university, having saved the money through frugal living.

Morin's financial adviser Edward Mullen told the Union Leader that the late librarian amassed his wealth by simply not spending much — he drove an older car and ate frozen dinners. Mullen added, "He never went out."

In his free time, Morin loved watching movies. According to a statement from the university, he watched more than 22,000 videos from 1979 to 1997. Writing short DVD descriptions happened to be part of his job at the library.

The university also shared that Morin was in the process of reading every book published in the United States from 1930 to 1940, "excluding children's books, textbooks and books about cooking and technology." He had made it to 1938, his birth year.

Since Morin didn't have any relatives to whom he wished to leave his fortune, he chose to donate it to the school where he had learned and worked, trusting that they would use it wisely. 

In the school's statement, UNH President Mark Huddleston called Morin's generous donation "inspiring."

His generous gift allows us to address a number of university priorities. As an alumnus Bob would be pleased to know that a majority of his estate, $2.5 million, will help to launch an expanded and centrally located career center for our students and alumni. We are committed to providing the resources needed to ensure every student achieves professional success and Bob's gift will play a major role in that effort.

In addition to the career center, $1 million will go toward a video scoreboard for the university's new football stadium. Morin was a fan of the sport, which he watched from the assisted living center where he lived.

A dedicated gift of $100,000 will go to Diamond Library to provide scholarships for work-study students and renovate one of the multimedia rooms.

"Unrestricted gifts give the university the ability to use the funds for our highest priorities and emerging opportunities," said Deborah Dutton, president of the UNH Foundation. "This is an extraordinary gift that comes at a critical time for launching a number of initiatives that are only able to move forward because of his generosity."

(H/T: Mashable)


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