MKI Receives Major Bequest

We gratefully announce that the MKI received a donation of $257,000 from the estate of longtime MKI Friends Robert (Bob) and Dorothy Hodgskiss (Dottie) Luening. Bob, who passed away in 2019 at the age of 94, was a past member of the Friends Executive Committee and served terms as Treasurer and President. Both he and Dottie, who was 92 when she passed away last fall, spent the bulk of their careers in service to rural Wisconsin. Dottie was a home economist with University Extension, while Bob, who was a dairy farmer for 16 years before attending college, worked for many years for UW Extension and UW–Madison’s Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics.

Over the years, Bob and Dottie supported MKI in so many ways and all of us on the MKI staff remember them with fondness. Their warmth and kindess, along with Bob’s legendary humor, enriched many an MKI event. We are deeply grateful for the planned gift they made to our Institute, which was directed toward sustaining our Library and Archive. For other Friends who may be considering helping to sustain the future of our Institute, the UW Foundation has helpful information on gift planning on its website (