A librarian who worked at the University of New Hampshire for almost 50 years before his death in 2015 has left $4 million to the school.
Robert Morin, a UNH alumnus, died in 2015 at the age of 77 after serving as a librarian at the university since 1965. Few knew he had quietly amassed a $4 million fortune, which he left to UNH in his will, according to Boston.com.
Morin began working at UNH's Dimond Library in 1965, retiring in 2014. His job included cataloguing information about new media that came into the library, such as DVDs, CDs and sheet music. The librarian died on March 31, 2015, according to his obituary published on Fosters.
Morin's financial advisor, Edward Mullen, said the man was able to amass such a large fortune by living thriftily -- he drove an older car and frequently ate frozen dinners. "He never went out," Mullen said. Morin is reported to have had $1 million in his retirement account.
The library worker left his fortune to the school because he had no living relatives he wanted to leave it to, Mullen told the New Hampshire Union Leader. Trusting that UNH would spend the money wisely, he only stipulated that $100,000 of the funds be dedicated to Dimond Library.
The donation to the library will be used to create scholarships for work-study students, along with renovations and funding for staff members in the library to continue their library science studies.
The remaining money will go to various improvements to the school, said UNH President Mark Huddleston. Of the funds, $2.5 million has been set aside to create a career center for students and alumni at the university, and another $1 million will fund the construction of a video scoreboard for the school's new football stadium.
"Bob’s demonstrated commitment to UNH through his philanthropy is tremendously inspiring," said Huddleston. "His generous gift allows us to address a number of university priorities. We are committed to providing the resources needed to ensure every student achieves professional success and Bob’s gift will play a major role in that effort."