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Waynoka man leaves surprising gift to research


Top Picture: Gerald Jaquith lived in this modest farm home near Waynoka. Bottom Left: Gerald Jaquith had a career as a math teacher in Shattuck and Ringwood schools. When he passed away in 2019, he left an estate valued at more than $2 million to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. Bottom Right: Gerald Jaquith as a young boy on his family farm near Waynoka.

OKLAHOMA CITY - Gerald Jaquith lived a frugal, unassuming life. A math teacher who'd retired from Ringwood High School, he was still driving the Ford truck he'd bought in 1986 when he died last summer in an accident on his Waynoka farm at the age of 78.

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation officials were recently surprised to learn that Jaquith, who'd given OMRF approximately $7,500 over a period of 33 years, had made the Oklahoma City nonprofit the sole beneficiary of his estate. They were stunned when they discovered the estate totaled more than $2 million in assets.

Jaquith never told Jo...

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