An unrestricted bequest was received in 1989 from the estate of Fred W. Schussler.
In 2002, the Foundation reestablished the fund as an endowment to ensure ongoing recognition of his generosity.
Fred Schussler (1904-1988) was born in Joliet, Illinois. He moved to Aurora in the early 1920’s to launch a specialized automotive business.
From the end of World War II, he was actively engaged in residential and industrial property management.
Mr. Schussler was president of the Cosmopolitan Club in 1936. He also served as president of the Aurora Historical Society from 1960 to 1966 and continued as a member of the board of directors thereafter.
His other affiliations included the Greater Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Aurora Kiwanis Club, Two Rivers Council Boy Scouts, Edna Smith Home, Aurora Navy League, Knights of Columbus and St. Rita of Cascia Church.