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Kennewick couple gives CBC nursing program $79,000

The Columbia Basin College Health Science Center in Richland.
The Columbia Basin College Health Science Center in Richland. Tri-City Herald file

A Kennewick couple has left $79,000 to Columbia Basin College to help nursing students.

The estate of Charles E. and Evelyn R. Whipple of Kennewick gave the donation to the CBC foundation to be endowed as scholarships for second-year nursing students, said a news release.

Gene Whipple, a career U.S. Marine for 22 years, and his wife, Lyn, wanted the scholarship awarded each year to a veteran of the Marine Corps or Navy or to a close relative of a veteran of those service branches.

The couple had lived in the Tri-Cities since 1981.

After retiring from the Marines, Whipple worked for the Richland Police Department, the Hanford Patrol and as chief power operator at the PUREX facility at Hanford. He retired in 1996.

The couple, who had no children, decided the bulk of their estate should go to helping others and they had a great admiration for the nurses in the Tri-City area, said the release.

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