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Charity gone sour – Donor wants gift back

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A Minnesota college alumnus is suing to recover a $500,000 donation to his alma mater after his controversial ideas about race damaged his reputation at the college, the Associated Press reports.

Augsburg College accepted the gift from Elroy Stock, a 1949 graduate, and agreed to name a building wing after him.

But school officials later learned that the 77-year old Stock had mailed out thousands of letters to interracial couples condemning interracial marriage, adoptions, and out-of-wedlock births.

As a result, said Augsburg President Charles Anderson, he and Stock agreed the donation would not be used to name a building in his honor. 

Stock denies that any such agreement was reached.

Barbara Nagle, Augsburg public relations director, says the school plans to defend itself in the lawsuit.

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