Longtime Iowa philanthropist Richard Jacobson has died

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A longtime Iowa philanthropist who has donated millions of dollars to the state’s three universities and other organizations has died at age 79.

A manager at Serenity Funeral Home in Largo, Florida, confirmed that Richard Jacobson died Friday.

Jacobson, the founder of Des Moines-based shipping and logistics company Jacobson Cos., died in his Florida home, the Des Moines Register reports.

The businessman grew up in Belmond, Iowa. Jacobson donated $100 million to the Mayo Clinic in 2011, which was the largest gift Mayo had ever received from a living donor.

He also gave the University of Northern Iowa’s College of Education $15 million, which was the largest donation in the school’s history.

Gov. Terry Branstad called Jacobson an “Iowa business icon who relished in his philanthropic efforts.”

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