RENO – The University of Nevada, Reno library has received a $1.7 million bequest from the estate of a Reno woman .
The bulk of the late Betty Heaston’s gift to the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center will be used to establish an endowment to provide an ongoing source of funds for its programs, acquisitions and personnel.
Heaston made an additional bequest of $57,000 to create an endowment for student scholarships.
The Vermont native moved to Reno in 1960 with her late husband, Jack, an engineer who invented the early rolling-cage equipment and secure ticket system for Keno games. She was the bookkeeper for their business.
She graduated from high school during the Great Depression, but was forced to immediately join the workforce instead of pursuing a college education. She later became a strong supporter of higher education.