Miss Myrtle Woldson Bequeaths Funds for Performing Arts Center

Miss Woldson was a quiet and private woman; however, her final act of philanthropy promises to make a great deal of noise on the Gonzaga University campus. The Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center will honor this woman who held close ties to Gonzaga for more than five decades before her passing at the age of 104, and will include a theater, areas for instruction in music, dance and theater arts.

She loved Gonzaga and was a beloved member of the GU family. She attended University events and enjoyed cheering for the Bulldogs at basketball games. She also made generous gifts to the Jundt Museum Art Endowment, Athletics, and student scholarships over the years. Now, her bequest to the University will design, build and furnish a new home for the arts on campus.

“Miss Woldson is building on the solid foundation for the arts at Gonzaga created by the Jundt Art Center and Museum and the Harry and Colleen Magnuson Theatre, as well as the dedicated work of our exceptional faculty and staff in these fields,” said Gonzaga President Thayne M. McCulloh, D. Phil.

In addition to this wonderful facility, Miss Woldson’s full estate gift to Gonzaga includes $30 million for establishing an endowment to provide scholarships to Gonzaga’s neediest students.

Learn how Miss Woldson's profound generosity will impact students for generations to come.

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