BUTTE — Montana Tech alumnus Ronald Verbeck, who passed away last August, has donated $686,000 to the school's foundation.
School officials say $200,000 of the donation is being used to help build the Frank & Ann Gilmore University Relations Center. The first floor observation deck of the $2.25 million building will be named in honor of Verbeck.
The $486,000 gift will be used to establish the Ron Verbeck Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund, a savings match program that rewards students for saving earned income.
Verbeck is a Butte native who graduated from Montana Tech in 1970. He often enrolled in heavy class loads and worked two jobs to achieve his goal of graduating with honors in four years. Verbeck invented and patented an "interface pipe coupling" called Positive Seal.