Classic Christmas Song Gives a Little Extra to St. Lawrence
One of the most beloved Christmas songs of all time, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” has a direct connection to St. Lawrence, and it continues to benefit the University each and every time it plays.
Written by J. Kimball “Kim” Gannon, a 1924 graduate of St. Lawrence, along with Walter Kent and Buck Ram, the song was popularized by Bing Crosby in 1943 and became a top-10 hit that year, joining “White Christmas” to become one of America's most popular homegrown holiday songs, according to the U.S. Library of Congress.
Gannon, who passed away in 1974, chose to make a planned gift to St. Lawrence by including the University in his will, which stipulated that St. Lawrence would receive 30 percent of the royalties from his compositions after his wife’s death. His widow, Norma Allen Gannon, St. Lawrence Class of 1925, passed away in 2000.
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