USCF Receives Two Generous Bequests
By Bill Hall   
December 31, 2008
The USCF is proud to announce that we have received a bequest in the amount
of $350,000 from the estate of the late Philip C. LeCornu of Florida. We
only have a few details about Mr. LeCornu at this time, but he was believed
to be an active and strong player in the 1950's and he was a Life Member.
The gift was to the USCF and was not targeted to a specific endeavor. The
USCF plans to honor Mr. LeCornu's generous act by permanently naming the
King at the USCF Headquarters after him and signifying this with a plaque in
his honor.

Yesterday, we received an additional bequest from the Herbert W. Gustafson
(from California) estate in the amount of $24,625.77. Previously, we had
received $23,055.55 for a total of 47,681.32. This bequest did have a
request that a portion of it be used in support of correspondence chess. We
are working on some ideas to present to the Board on this in the coming
weeks. We plan to similarly memorialize Mr. Gustafson.

Additionally, Daniel Lucas, USCF Director of publications is planning an
article about these gentlemen in a future issue of Chess Life. If you knew
either of these gentlemen, have information regarding them, or have access
to any of their games, please contact Daniel at letters@uschess.org.

On behalf of the Federation, I would like to say to both of these gentlemen,
"Thank you and your generosity will not be forgotten." To the friends and
family of Mr. LeCornu and Mr. Gustafson, we in the chess community
offer you our condolences for your loss. But rest assured that the memories of both men will be honored.