Loras College President Jim Collins (’84) announced today that the College has received a generous cash donation from Patrick(’63) and Neva “Nege” Curoe toward the Loras College $75 million Inspiring Lives and Leadership Campaign.
“One of the most satisfying parts of my job is to learn of the generous support of alumni and friends to Loras. However, knowing that Pat and Nege wanted to assist future generations of Loras students in the same way they were supported during their educational journeys, is perhaps most gratifying. They have never forgotten their roots,” said Collins.
Funds from the gift will be used to establish the Patrick J. and Neva G. Curoe Cascade Area Scholarship, awarding a minimum of $2,500 per year to students who demonstrate financial need. Scholarship preference will be given to those who have an affiliation with Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, Iowa.
“I never forgot where I came from—Sacred Heart Parish and the surrounding Fillmore/Cascade area are in my DNA,” said Patrick. “Nege and I are blessed to be able to give something back to the College and provide scholarship aid for students from around my childhood home. We hope our gift inspires others to give at whatever charitable level is affordable for those in the Loras community.”
Patrick has deep roots in rural Dubuque County and was raised on a farm near Fillmore, Iowa. He attended Loras Academy as a Golden Gub for his high school education, graduating in 1959. Upon graduation, he enrolled at Loras College as a commuter student and received his bachelor’s degree in business in 1963.
Following Loras College, Patrick began a career in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Spain, Vietnam, Ohio, Japan, Germany and Air Force Bases in Colorado and Texas. While on active duty in Spain, he earned a Master of Science degree in systems management from the University of Southern California. In 1991, he retired from the military with the rank of Colonel after serving for 28 years.
To this day, Patrick is active in the U.S. Military’s Retired Officers Association, the Disabled American Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the National Defense Transportation Association and the American Legion. After retirement, he was a consultant in Oman for several years and returned to Spain as a contractor serving as the Program Manager for the U.S. Air Force Base Maintenance contract outside of Seville. Patrick’s wife, Nege, graduated in 1964 from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama—where Bishop Mathias Loras was the first president—with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education. The couple currently lives in San Antonio, Texas, and has two sons, Glenn and Lee.
Launched on October 10, 2013, the $75 million Inspiring Lives and Leadership: The Loras Legacy campaign is the largest fundraising campaign in the 175-year history of the College. In addition to raising funds to support student aid and faculty/staff professional development, the campaign seeks funds to build upon the launch of its MBA program, business analytics initiative and other academic programs. As of February 28, 2015, the campaign has raised $68.3 million through more than 17,700 donors.