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James Carroll Pinkley

James Carroll Pinkley

Family of '28 Grad Presents Unrestricted Bequest to Notre Dame

James Carroll Pinkley was born on May 1,1905, in the small southeastern Missouri town of Portageville. His parents, wishing for their four children to have a Catholic education, sent them to St. Louis to attend Chaminade High School. After graduation Carroll and one of his younger brothers attended the University of Notre Dame.

Carroll thoroughly enjoyed his impactful years at Notre Dame in pursuit of his academic goals. While on campus, he was active in the Missouri Club, Spanish Club, Senior Ball Committee, and the Blue Circle Honor Society. On June 3, 1928, Carroll received his Bachelor of Philosophy in Commerce degree. As further evidence of this impact, he continued his education receiving his MBA from Harvard University in 1930. After working in Chicago in the banking field for several years, he returned to Portageville to help run the family drug store business. Carroll died in Portageville on April 12, 1996.

Carroll remained a life-long bachelor and maintained his connection to Notre Dame over the years through annual gifts, both unrestricted and for the Notre Dame Club of St. Louis Scholarship. His niece Rebecca also graduated from Notre Dame in 1995. Upon his death, Carroll's estate was placed in a trust with dividends, interest, and farm-land crop proceeds distributed to his six nieces and nephews for 25 years. Now that the 25 years have passed, his trust recently terminated, and the proceeds were equally divided among his beloved St. Eustachius Catholic Church in Portageville, Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis, and Notre Dame.

It was with great joy that Carroll's nephew, Dr. Len Pinkley, distributed these checks from his uncle's trust to these three organizations during visits in the spring of 2021. Len and his wife, Jean, of Amory, Mississippi, as well as their daughter Rebecca Pinkley Drendel and granddaughter Cecelia Drendel of Charlotte, North Carolina, were pleased to visit Notre Dame once again to witness the changes since 1995 and to imagine the transformation since Carroll's years there from 1924 to 1928.

Through Carroll's unrestricted bequest, Notre Dame will allocate these funds to areas where it will do the most good today. We are grateful to him and to all our planned gift benefactors for their generous faith in the mission of Notre Dame.


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