An unrestricted bequest was received in 1977 from the estate of James Dorion.
In 2002, the Foundation reestablished the fund as an endowment to ensure ongoing recognition of his generosity.
James Dorion (1903-1976) was born in Batavia, Illinois. He and his wife Mary Dorion lived in Aurora.
Mrs. Dorion was a patternmaker at the Cribben & Sexton Company in Chicago. She passed away in 1964.
Mr. Dorion was employed by the Stove Works and Lyon Metal in Aurora. The couple had no children.