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In brief: Late businessman donates record gift

The estate of late Harrisburg
businessman Donald B. Stabler donated $34.2 million to Bethlehem’s
Lehigh University, the school recently
announced.

The estate of late Harrisburg
businessman Donald B. Stabler donated $34.2 million to Bethlehem’s
Lehigh University, the school recently
announced.

It’s the largest single gift in Lehigh’s history, according
to the university. The donation will be used to support the Donald B. and
Dorothy L. Stabler Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Stabler received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering
from Lehigh in 1930 and a  master’s
degree in the same field two years later. He started Stabler Construction Co.
in 1940 in Harrisburg.
He grew it into Stabler Companies Inc., which included 13 subsidiary companies,
according to the university. Stabler Companies was sold earlier this year to
New Enterprise Stone & Lime Company Inc., New Enterprise, Bedford County.

Stabler was a member of Lehigh’s board of trustees for more
than 30 years. He and his wife funded the Stabler Teaching Award and the
Dorothy L. Stabler Tower Room at the university’s Mountaintop Campus. The two
were also chief financial donors to the Stabler Athletic and Convocation Center
built in 1979 on the university’s campus. 

Donald Stabler died in 1997. Dorothy Stabler passed away in
2005.

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