A late, well-known Los Alamos physician recently left 250,000 reasons for high school graduates who are struggling economically to keep going onward and upward.
Dr. Zenas “Slim” Boone, who died about a year ago, left a $250,000 trust fund in the name of his late wife, Irene U. Boone, to the Los Alamos Public Schools. Irene was also a doctor, a well-known pediatrician in Los Alamos for many years.
“We want to express our gratitude to the Boone Family and their appreciation for the value of education,” Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt said.
“The opportunity this will present for the future graduates of Los Alamos, especially needy graduates, makes this an incredibly generous gift. It speaks well of the Boone’s belief in these students, that they would want to help them along.”
At a recent school board meeting, Schmidt presented the offer to the board, who by law, must approve all such gifts that are more than $5,000.
The board readily accepted the offer, and had a discussion on how to best carry out the Boone’s wishes of providing an annual graduation scholarship to deserving high school students.