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Centre receives $16.4 million donation

The estate of two Kentucky natives has designated $16.4 million for Centre College — among the three largest gifts the Danville-based liberal arts college has received.

The estate of Alfred M. and Mary Swain Wood of Dallas bequeathed the money to Centre, along with $14 million for Berea College and St. Joseph-Berea Hospital.

Alfred Wood, who died in 1997 at age 100, was a Rockcastle County native who worked as a sales executive with Procter & Gamble Company for 39 years. Mary Wood, who died last year at 99, worked as a children's book representative for Scott, Foresman and Company — now Pearson Scott Foresman — which produced the educational Dick and Jane series.

She grew up in Danville. Her brother, Enos Swain, published what became the Advocate Messenger newspaper, according to a statement from Centre.

The Woods' gift to Centre College will endow the Alfred M. and Mary Swain Wood Scholarship for full-time students, who will be chosen based on financial need, scholarship and character, according to the college.

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