Recently deceased Pennsylvania State Senator, Mike O’Pake is paying it forward, even in death. The senator’s will includes generous donations to local institutions.
St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where Mike O’Pake graduated from, was bequeathed $2 million dollars. The use of this gift was left to the discretion of the university.
Alvernia University, in Reading, will be the repository for the senator’s entire political memorabilia collection, which chronicles his 42-year career in politics. Eventually the collection will be made public for use by students, scholars and for viewing by the public. Alvernia University was also entrusted with the archives of Shillington native and world-famous author John Updike. Alvernia University said it was “humbled” to be entrusted with the senator’s collection.
Alvernia is slated to receive money from the senator’s estate. However, the amount is unclear at this time. Also in the senator’s will are the Jesuit Center in Wernersville and St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Reading. What ever money remains, after all other bequests and bills are paid, is to be split between these three institutions. Senator O’Pake’s properties and their contents were bequeathed to a caretaker of a disabled family member.
RIP Senator O’Pake.