March 30, 2015
CLEVELAND (AP) - A penny pinching math teacher who never earned
more than $40,000 per year in salary has left $2 million to her
Ohio alma mater.
Laura Bickimer died in April at age 93 after making plans to
leave the bulk of her estate to Baldwin-Wallace College near
Cleveland. She graduated from the school in 1936 with a 4.0
Bickimer, who never married, retired from teaching in 1972 and
lived out her life in a nursing home. Years ago, she wrote in an
alumni questionnaire that she preferred washing her clothes in an
old-fashioned wringer and tried each day to perform some act of
Bickimer never earned more than $40,000 in annual salary, but
inherited wealth from family. The school will name a $50,000
scholarship after her.