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The Funk Family Foundation Establishes MBA Scholarships in Memory of Bradley J. Funk
Nancy Funk Doss and Sidney Funk — sister and daughter respectively of Bradley J. Funk — established an endowed scholarship fund in his memory earlier this year.
Funk graduated from the UA in 1957 with a BSBA in Marketing. “He joined the family corporation — Funk’s Greyhound Racing Circuit — as the advertising director,” says James D. Trow, director and treasurer of the family’s foundation. “At that time, the company owned all the greyhound tracks in Arizona.”
Trow has worked with the family since 1968. After he graduated from the UA with a Master of Accounting, he went to work for Arthur Anderson in Phoenix. The Funk family was an audit client, and in 1971, Trow accepted a financial officer position with the family’s race track company.
“They sold their interest in the company in 1980, and Brad opened an antique store in Scottsdale with his sister Nancy,” Trow explains. By then, Trow had opened his own accounting practice, and continued to work with the family.
Bradley Funk died of a heart attack at age 57 in 1989. “The family and I have always had a soft spot in our hearts for The University of Arizona,” says Trow. “The year before last, we donated all of our available funds to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, but this year we wanted to reestablish our contributions to the University. Nancy suggested we set up a scholarship in Brad’s name, so we did.”
The Bradley J. Funk Memorial Scholarship will fund full-time MBA students beginning in fall 2008.