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Bear/Weinstein bequest provides need-based scholarships


Future generations of UNF students in music, visual arts and business will benefit from the generosity of a remarkable Jacksonville couple — Doran Weinstein and Lu Ann Bear — whose bequest has funded need-based scholarships in those three academic disciplines.


Bear, who died in May 2011 at the age of 81, left a bequest for $800,000 to create the Lu Ann and Doran Weinstein Memorial Scholarship Fund. The bequest will eventually generate $34,000 a year in need-based scholarships.


The Jacksonville couple attended music programs at UNF and had a deep appreciation for the value of higher education in the community, said their granddaughter, Robyn Moore.


"My grandfather loved university and college campuses,” Moore said, who explained the motivation behind the bequest.  “They traveled extensively and wherever they went, he would insist on visiting the nearby universities.”


When Weinstein, a successful Jacksonville businessman, died in 1995, the terms of his will were carried over to Bear’s will, Moore said. The will divided their bequest according to their areas of interest — business for Weinstein, and visual arts and music for Bear.


Bear was born in Louisville and moved to Jacksonville in 1981 after she married Weinstein. Moore said her grandmother left behind a very successful career in advertising and was also an accomplished portrait painter. She built a studio in Jacksonville and devoted much of her spare time to crafting clay pots.


Weinstein was born in Montgomery, Ala. and graduated from the University of Alabama. After college, he joined the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. After the war, he became an officer and director of Tampa Shipbuilding Corp. He also held a number of business positions in Washington, D.C., New York and Louisville, where he met Bear. Weinstein was president of Daylight Industries in Jacksonville at the time of his retirement.


The three scholarship funds will help achieve the couple’s goal of supporting higher education, said Dr. Pierre Allaire, UNF’s vice president of Institutional Advancement. “The generosity of this couple exemplifies the commitment to higher education we see in our community,” Allaire said. “We are grateful for the gift and are thrilled with the prospect of assisting more students to obtain a transformational education at UNF.”