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New Endowments and Planned Gifts

Donors who have the foresight to include Cleveland State University in their planned or estate gifts are recognized through membership in the Legacy Society. Thank you to the following Legacy Society members whose gifts were realized in fiscal year 2014.


  • Eileen C. Cortes

    Eileen Cortes, a long-time supporter of the University, passed away in December 2012. In 1993, she created a scholarship fund in honor of her late husband, Carlos Cortes, now named the Carlos F. and Eileen C. Cortes Scholarship Fund. The fund provides scholarship and fellowship support to students specializing in school psychology. She and her late husband both worked for the Cleveland Metropolitan Schools - she as a teacher and he as a school psychologist. This gift continues their legacy of making a difference in the lives of young people.
  • Thomas J. Gray, Sr., JD '41

    Thomas Gray created the Thomas J. Gray, Sr. Endowed Scholarship through his trust. The gift provides scholarship support for students of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law who demonstrate a commitment to community service. As a lifelong member of the Boy Scouts of America, Mr. Gray was passionate about providing opportunities for young people to develop their leadership skills and pursue their educational goals. He passed away in January 2014. With this gift, his legacy will benefit future generations of legal professionals.
  • Marvin H. Jones

    Marvin Jones, an Art Department faculty member who passed away in February 2005, taught Studio Art from 1976 through 2004. He retired as Professor Emeritus. His work appeared in over 550 group exhibitions and is included in more than 40 public collections in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. The generous gift of 63 pieces of Professor Jones' work will be exhibited at the Galleries at CSU and made available for use by the Art Department in its curriculum, particularly Studio Art courses.
  • Robert S. Malaga

    Known as "Mister Tennis" for putting Cleveland on the tennis map worldwide, Robert Malaga coached Cleveland State's men and women's teams in the 1980s and was a strong supporter of CSU's tennis program. A judge on both the Cleveland Municipal Court and the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, as well as a director of the Ohio Lottery in the 1970s, Mr. Malaga passed away in July 2012. A gift from his trust supports scholarships through the Robert S. Malaga Endowment Fund.
  • Frederick H. Ray, BSE '49

    Frederick Ray's bequest was made in memory of his late wife Dorothy (Mainey) Ray, a fellow engineer who studied at Purdue University and whom he met in Cleveland. The Ray gift will support the planned renovation of Fenn Hall, home of the Washkewicz College of Engineering. This very generous gift illustrates the enduring legacy of the College and will add significant momentum to the creation of a state-of-the-art engineering learning environment. As a student, Mr. Ray was an active member of the Iota Eta, Alpha Chi and Phi Epsilon Nu fraternities. He also served as president of the Fenn Society of Structural Engineers and on The Cauldron student newspaper staff. He passed away in April 2013 at the age of 91.