Huck Institutes benefactor Dorothy Huck dies at 91

Penn State alumni Lloyd and Dottie Huck established endowments in a broad range of disciplines. Credit: Penn StateCreative Commons

Huck Institutes benefactor Dorothy (Dottie) B. Huck passed away Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at her home in The Village at Penn State.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Huck -- a former president of the Penn State Alumni Association and a former chairman of the Board of Trustees -- who passed away on Dec. 4, 2012.

Both Dottie and Lloyd were greatly respected and widely admired by the Penn State family for not only their generosity and volunteerism, but even more so for their grace, wisdom, humility and understated class.

Fellow graduates of Penn State’s Class of 1943 (Lloyd from the Eberly College of Science and Dottie from the College of Health and Human Development), the Hucks established endowments in a broad range of disciplines including molecular biology and nutrition, donating more than $40 million to the University and, through their enthusiasm and support for research and education in the life sciences at Penn State, leading the path to the creation of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences in 2002.

Through their gifts and estate plans, the Hucks' generosity reached programs and projects across the University, including the Eberly College of Science, the College of Health and Human Development, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, the Smeal College of Business and University Libraries. The Hucks were also leading supporters of the Life Sciences Building, Business Building and Henderson Building projects at University Park, as well as the Biotech Institute and Cancer Institute at Penn State Hershey.

Dottie and Lloyd were both members of the Presidential Counselors at Penn State, and in 2002, they were honored as the University’s first-ever Philanthropists of the Year. In 2012, the Huck Life Sciences Building was named to honor and celebrate the Hucks’ commitments and generosity.

The Hucks’ philanthropy to Penn State, along with their service as dedicated leaders and volunteers, leaves a significant and historical legacy.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Koch Funeral Home, 2401 S. Atherton St., State College. An obituary appeared Aug. 11 in the Centre Daily Times.

Last Updated October 17, 2019