Henry B. Tippie, Iowa donor and business college namesake, dies

The accounting student whose name is attached to the University of Iowa’s business college was first admitted there on a probationary basis.

A Belle Plaine, Iowa native, Henry Tippie grew up milking cows on the family farm, attended a one-room rural schoolhouse and made it to the university using the GI Bill after serving in World War II. He ended up excelling academically, graduating earlier than expected in 1949 — missing only one class, because he was sick and overslept — and building a successful business career on Wall Street.

The longtime UI donor and namesake of the Henry B. Tippie College of Business died Sunday at his home in Texas. He was 95.

Tippie enlisted in the Army Air Forces at age 17, serving as chief clerk for medical administration with the 20th Army Air Force headquarters while in Guam. The GI Bill made it possible for him to get the college degree that he otherwise would have been unable to afford.

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