Nothing ‘Minor’ About It
Alumnus establishes $1 million trust
University of Mississippi alumnus Lucian S. Minor (BS 37) of Memphis has established a trust of $1 million to benefit the university’s Patterson School of Accountancy.
A longtime donor, he established the Lucian S. Minor Endowment in 1996 to benefit the accountancy school, and this latest gift will add to the school’s growing endowment.
“Many of the courses that I took at Ole Miss contributed to my success in the business world, particularly in the accounting field,” Minor said. “I’m glad to share some of my success with Ole Miss. Hopefully some needy students will benefit from my contribution.”
The gift, his second charitable remainder annuity trust, allows Minor and his wife, Mary, to receive interest income from the trust during their lifetimes. The remainder of the trust will ultimately be incorporated into the endowment.
“We are tremendously grateful to Lucian and Mary Minor for their generosity to the School of Accountancy and their loyalty to Ole Miss,” said Wendell Weakley, president of The University of Mississippi Foundation. “We are especially thrilled about this gift since it not only benefits Ole Miss but also provides many benefits to these wonderful supporters of our university.”
A charitable remainder annuity trust not only allows for annuity payments to the donor and spouse for life but also can provide significant tax benefits. Since this type of trust is not subject to capital gains or estate taxes, it is an attractive option for people who wish to make a large charitable gift and retain the benefits of an annuity.
The gift is part of the university’s MomentUM Campaign, a four-year initiative to raise $200 million. MomentUM, which ends in December 2008, already has raised more than $180 million for scholarships, graduate fellowships, faculty support, a basketball practice facility, residential colleges and a new law school on the Oxford campus. Also in the plan is a cancer center at the UM Medical Center in Jackson.
The Lucian S. Minor Endowment fund was established to provide scholarship assistance for deserving students who are pursuing a degree in accountancy, support for a lecture series in the school and other academic needs. When the remainder of the trust is added to the endowment, administrators in the accountancy school plan to use the funds to help create a permanent endowed faculty chair.
Faculty support is critical to helping the Patterson School maintain its status as a top 25 accounting program in the United States.
“Lucian Minor is a longtime supporter of the Patterson School of Accountancy and has been one of our most faithful alumni over the years,” said Mark Wilder, dean. “We are so grateful for his loyalty and generosity. This gift from the Minors will benefit our school in countless ways. It will significantly impact both faculty and students and make our program even stronger.”
Minor is a financial consultant and retired accountant. After graduating from Ole Miss in 1937, he worked for General Mills Inc. in Minneapolis, where he was assigned to the internal audit staff and worked in more than 25 of the company’s largest offices across the country. He then joined the Navy, and, after four years of service, he was discharged in 1946 as a lieutenant commander. Afterwards, he began his own accountancy firm in Memphis, which merged with Ernst & Ernst (now Ernst & Young). He became partner-in-charge of the Memphis office after the merger and held the post until retiring in 1978.
In 2005, the Ole Miss Alumni Association recognized Minor with its highest annual honor, inducting him into the Alumni Hall of Fame. Minor has also received the accountancy school’s highest annual honor and was inducted into its hall of fame in 1997.
“Lucian Minor gave me my first job at Ernst & Ernst after I graduated from the Patterson School of Accountancy at Ole Miss,” said Larry Hardy, a longtime friend of Minor’s who was inducted into the school’s hall of fame in 2006. “He’s been a wonderful friend and mentor and has made an impact on my life and career. This recent gift from him shows his continued support of Ole Miss students and faculty, which I think is truly wonderful and inspiring.”