This endowment was created to administer an unrestricted bequest from the estate of Dortha Pooley.
Miss Pooley (1903-1992) was a graduate of West Aurora High School. In the early 1920’s, she was employed as a stenographer for the Prudential Insurance Company.
In 1932, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin and, in 1940, she received her master of arts degree from Columbia University.
Miss Pooley was a teacher in the East Aurora School System for thirty-three years.
She taught at the elementary school level and later became an art instructor at East Aurora High School until her retirement in 1968.
She was a gifted artist and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago.