Liberty University pays tribute to three of its generous supporters who have gone on to be with the Lord:
Ellis Speakman, 96, of Pennsylvania, died Aug. 4, 2012. Over the years, he had contributed more than $2.5 million to the university and set up a general scholarship in honor of his late wife. He also had gift annuities with Liberty. The parking lot stretching from the Elmer Towns Religion Hall to the Liberty University Barnes & Noble Bookstore has been named in his honor.
Michael Dodak, 90, of California, died July 30, 2012. He remembered Liberty in his estate plans. Dodak first met Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr. in 1975 while working with the Christian Freedom Foundation. He supported the university financially over the years. In 2000, Liberty benefited from his donation of ownership in a music publishing business. In 2009, he established a Dodak Family Scholarship Endowment Fund. He also contributed investment advice that helped secure Liberty’s endowment and keep scholarship funds safe.
Robert Cannady, 82, of Georgia, died Oct. 10, 2011. In June, Liberty University received a $1 million bequest from Cannady. Liberty was the main beneficiary in his will. The bequest was given in honor of his mother and brother and will go toward a perpetual scholarship for students pursuing missions at Liberty. Cannady spent a lot of time overseas in government service and was interested in missions work.