Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Receives $20 Million Bequest

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Receives $20 Million Bequest

The has announced a bequest of more than $20 million from longtime supporter Robert Thomson, who passed away in September at the age of 94.

The largest gift in the Presbyterian Church-affiliated seminary's 220-year history will be used to complete a $26 million capital campaign, of which $20.5 million has been raised. The PTS board will determine how the remainder of the unrestricted gift can best support and advance the seminary's mission. To that end, its administration is reaching out to professors and others in the seminary community for ideas, PTS president William J. Carl III told the .

The owner of Thomson & Sproull Insurance, Thomson served as treasurer of Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh and supported seminary students through scholarships over the years. Two of his brothers also supported PTS during their lifetimes — including one who served on its board — and through their estate plans.

"Robert Thomson was a gentle, humble man who loved Pittsburgh Seminary and showed it dramatically with this most generous gift," said Carl. "It's a gift that will keep on giving to the benefit of PTS students, graduates, and their ministries for generations."

"Seminary Receives Largest Gift in its History." Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Press Release 01/28/2015. "." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 01/28/2015.