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Family has always been the center of the lives of Dolores (Keller) '60 and Clay Fought. When Clay began creating his estate plans after Dolores passed away in 2005, his family came first. After making provisions for his sons and granddaughters, he chose Lycoming and Gettysburg colleges as the equal beneficiaries of his IRA.

Clay says he is pleased that Lycoming and other colleges continue their commitment to educating students with potential, helping them develop into successful and productive citizens.

"Family was the center of Dolores' life," Clay says, "and her education, like mine, was important to her lifelong success. So when I decided to make Gettysburg the beneficiary of my IRA, I knew that Dolores would want to do the same for Lycoming College. These funds, after all, are also hers."

Dolores and Clay had much in common: both were born and raised in Hughesville, Pa., both their families were business owners, and they attended the same high school. Despite paths which crossed frequently, each temporarily took a different route after high school.

Dolores attended Lycoming, where she earned a biology degree in 1960. She went on to have a long and successful career in medical technology.

As indicated by a quote from his high school yearbook, college was not, at first, a consideration for Clay: "Clay is a smiling, happy boy; Why should he study when he can spread joy!" Instead, he joined the Air Force and served in Japan during the Korean conflict.

After serving his country, however, Clay was ready to further his education, and was welcomed by Gettysburg. The support of the institution helped make it possible for him to earn a mathematics degree in 1960.

With college behind them, Clay and Dolores returned to Hughesville, and soon re-connected. They were married in 1961 and in 1980, adopted two young brothers from Korea: Tyrus Soon and Jacob Sun.

The Foughts lived for their children. Dolores was active in the boys' daily activities and the church. Clay coached them on sports teams and became a Scoutmaster. Some of his fondest memories are of the wonderful vacations spent at the family's Chincoteague cottage and the many holidays with family and friends before Dolores passed away.

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