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gerber_signBy Herb Trix

The Center for Student Life at Augustana College is now named for one of the college’s most generous alumni. As of today, the combination library and student center in Rock Island is known as the Gerber Center.

Murry Gerber graduated from the college in 1975, and he and his wife Cindy have donated 9.8 million dollars. He says it took him about 20 years to appreciate what Augustana had to offer.

Its culture, mission, and philosophy – more than just what you studied. 


Cindy & Murry Gerber / Credit WVIK Staff

After earning a degree in geology from Augustana, Gerber earned a master’s at the University of Illinois then went to work for Shell Oil for many years. He then led another energy company, EQT Corporation, for 12 years until his retirement.

The Gerber Center opened in the fall of 2013, and cost 20 million dollars.

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