Joanna Dunklee ’62 Gives Big to Scripps with $1M Real Estate Gift

Inspired by the goals of the More Scripps campaign, alumna Joanna Dunklee ’62 completed a $1M real estate gift in June, supporting the College’s endowment. This commitment to Scripps College during the last year of the campaign sends a powerful message to the community.

Dunklee '62 with student, Sophie Fahey '17

Dunklee ’62 with student, Sophie Fahey ’17

“I’ve seen a number of examples of women paying it forward,” says Dunklee, former librarian at California State University, Dominguez Hills. “Women giving back and supporting one another is valuable.” A scholarship recipient while at Scripps, Dunklee acknowledged that she never imagined being able to give back like this. Dunklee gave to Scripps to support the community of individuals, including students, faculty, and staff, who may need additional financial support.

Passionate about education and learning, Dunklee was known as the “Professor of the Library” at Cal State Dominguez Hills, and received a 2007 Faculty Award for Honor Research and Service. Dunklee retired from her role in August 2012, after 38 years of service. She reflects on her professional experience: “Serving as a librarian allowed me to pursue my love of history. In this career, I could help others and continue in my own learning.”

Another Scripps alumna, Catherine “Tink” Cheney ’67, helped facilitate the transaction. Cheney is a real estate agent in the Los Angeles area and graciously offered to support a fellow alumna and the College. With over 20 years of experience in the field, Cheney brought great knowledge and insight to Scripps.

In response to Dunklee’s generosity, the entry court at NEW Hall will be named in her honor this fall.

For other inspiring alumnae stories and to learn more about the priorities of the More Scripps Campaign, visit our giving website.