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Late sports reporter leaves $1M to Western

A former sports reporter has left the University of Western Ontario $1 million for scholarships and a sports museum.

A former sports reporter has left the University of Western Ontario $1 million for scholarships and a sports museum.

Bob Gage, who died July 12, 2009, at the age of 89, covered the Western Mustangs teams during his 33-year career at the London Free Press.

When asked how a local sports reporter had $1 million to bequeath, university campaign director Carole Stinson said Gage was frugal and simply saved his money.

University president Amit Chakma says Gage's "deep love" of sport and the Mustangs is legendary on campus and in the community.

From Gage's $1-million donation $364,000 will go into an endowed fund for the J.P. Metras Sports Museum and $636,000 will go into an endowed fund for the Bob Gage Athletic Leadership Awards.

It's hoped the scholarships fund will generate $25,000 annually for awards, valued from $1,000 to $3,500, which will go to first-year students participating in basketball, track and field, men's squash and football.

Gage previously donated $57,000 to Western to support the construction of a training centre at TD Waterhouse Stadium and the Bob Gage Weight Room in the centre was named in his honour.

Gage also established several endowed funds during his lifetime in support of athletic awards and contributed regularly to an Adopt-A-Mustang program, which uses donations to cover athletes' team fees.