The Reverend Mr. and Mrs. Francis De Simone Library Endowment Fund
The purpose of the Endowment is to purchase library and other materials for the Comparative Religion program.
Janet and George Beckmann created this endowment with Janet's parents, Jack and Dorothy Pitts, to honor Beckmann's maternal grandparents, The Reverend Mr. and Mrs. Francis De Simone. Francis De Simone was born in 1881 in Italy and moved to the United States in 1901. He served as a pastor in churches in Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa and Pennsylvania.
The late George Beckmann was a Provost of the University of Washington from 1978-1988. Janet received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1974. She served as Dean of Nursing in the University of Alabama system in 1978 and was the youngest person to become a dean of an American nursing school.