A generous donation

Larry and Vivian Carroll, with a $1.25 million donation to Winthrop University, have helped ensure that future students will walk in their footsteps as successful business leaders.

Vivian Carroll is a Winthrop alumnus, and both Carrolls are Rock Hill natives. Larry Carroll is president of the investment firm Carroll Financial Associates in Charlotte, while Vivian Carroll retired from Merrill Lynch in 2001 after 20 years as a financial planner.

Larry Carroll arranged the announcement of the gift -- one of the 10 largest in the school's history -- as a surprise to his wife at an alumni meeting she was attending on campus Friday. Most of the donation, $1 million, will be used to establish an endowment for the business school, while the remaining $250,000 will help build a replica of a financial trade center with equipment commonly used by investment firms.

In addition, a recently built auditorium will be named after Vivian Carroll, a member of the class of 1973 who remains active in alumni affairs.

We applaud the generosity of the Carrolls and their devotion to Winthrop. This gift will continue to pay dividends in fostering new entrepreneurs and leaders in the world of finance for years to come.