#WATWB: The Man Who Sent 33 Strangers to School

Posted: 2019/07/27 in Blogging
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In Iowa, US, a carpenter from a humble background saved his earnings over the course of his life and used them to send 33 people to college. People he had never met and would never meet.

Dale Schroeder was a simple, humble man from Iowa, who ended up changing the lives of 33 people forever. Schroeder worked as a carpenter at the same company for 67 years. He grew up poor and had no wife or children of his own.

His friend Steve Nielsen described Schroeder as a “blue collar, lunch pail kind of guy.”

When he died in 2005, no one could have guessed how rich Schroeder really was. “He had church jeans and work jeans,” Nielsen said.

Schroeder had saved up a fortune over the years. He had no living descendants, so before he died, he went to his lawyer with a plan for his money.

“He said, ‘I never got the opportunity to go to college. So, I’d like to help kids go to college,'” Nielsen said. Not only did Schroeder have enough money to send a few kids to college, he had enough saved to send dozens.

The rest of Dale Schroeder’s story can be found here.

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Dale Schroeder, photo from Newsweek

This is the 26th celebration of the WE ARE THE WORLD BLOGFEST #WATWB which is carried out every last Friday of the month, and which aims to spread love and positiveness in this vulnerable world. A celebration of heroes who can still restore our faith in humanity, especially in this period when our world seems to be full of endless series of horrible happenings.

Our generous co-hosts for this month are:  Shilpa Garg, Simon Falk , Damyanti BiswasLizbeth Hartz and Eric Lahti.

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Comments
  1. dweezer19 says:

    Wow. That was a true unselfish act. Thanks for sharing his story.

  2. Dan Antion says:

    What a wonderful story, Peter. The total selfless nature of this man’s life and his legacy are inspiring on so many levels.

  3. What a seriously heart-warming story – thank you for sharing this one.

  4. Susan Scott says:

    Thanks Peter – what a forward thinking and selfless man. His gift to all those 33 children will surely be carried forward. May Dale Schroeder have eternal peace –

  5. hilarymb says:

    Hi Peter – how absolutely wonderful to read … completely selfless, yet realising what a huge benefit education is … amazing man – we need more like him. As you mention above – it’s exemplary … just fantastic – cheers Hilary

    • Peter Nena says:

      Hi Hilary. How are you? Dale Schroeder was too kind and too wise, wanting the best for others even as he denied himself. I’m glad to have heard about him.

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