University of Pennsylvania gets 17.3 million dollar inheritance gift

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Staff at the University of Pennsylvania are recovering from the news that a former pupil has left a staggering 17.3 million dollars to the university’s dental department.

The announcement was made yesterday and plans are being made for the future of the dental school. The extraordinary donation was made by alumnus, Louis Schoenleber Jr, a former Second World War Navy commander and oral surgeon. Mr Schoenleber, who was aged 84, died five years ago and left the vast majority of his estate to the university’s dental school; however, the total amount has only recently been revealed. The money was left specifically to the dental department’s school of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

The oral and maxillofacial surgery department is now preparing to use the money to improve the school and introduce a new dual degree programme, which will last for six years and will eventually mean students graduate with a medical degree from the Pennsylvania School of Medicine, a certificate of general surgery and a certificate of oral and maxillofacial surgery. 

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