Cunningham's USD bequests to support two endowments The late Marjorie J. Cunningham, the daughter of a revered faculty member at The University of South Dakota, has left bequests totaling over $740,000 to benefit USD.
Cunningham, who lived in Des Moines, IA, died almost three years ago. Her bequests, received recently by the USD Foundation, will support two endowments created in the names of her parents, as well as the foundation's unrestricted endowment. Cunningham was the daughter of J.H. and Elsie Julian. J. Herndon Julian was an instructor in physics and a USD administrator during the first half of the 20th century, serving as a vice president and dean of student affairs at USD. Julian retired in 1957 after 50 years of service to the university. A USD dormitory, Julian Hall, was named in his honor. The J.H. Memorial Scholarship Endowment is used for freshmen recruitment. The Elsie S. Julian Memorial Scholarship Endowment is used for deserving sophomore students.
Cunningham, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, attended USD in 1930, but did not graduate. She was presented an honorary doctoral degree by USD in 1988.