Evanston Woman Leaves $1.5 Million to Hospital


NORMAL, Ill. (AP) -- An Evanston woman who died at the age of 105 has left a $1.5 million gift to Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal.

Marie Beckort McClanahan graduated from Brokaw School of Nursing in 1928. That school was affiliated with Brokaw Hospital, which was a predecessor of Advocate BroMenn.

Officials at the central Illinois hospital announced Wednesday that McClanahan's gift will be used to help pay for the medical center's soon-to-open building addition.

BroMenn executive Scott Ford says they're "extraordinarily humbled and very grateful for the gift."

 McClanahan moved from central Illinois to suburban Chicago in 1929 when she got married. The other half of her estate went to Northwestern University, where her late husband graduated.

McClanahan died on Feb. 15.


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