Scates' believe in giving to education; make $25,000 gift to NIC campaign


Bob and Elisabeth Scates believe that North Idaho College plays a significant role in the economy of North Idaho, especially in the field of health care. Both in the health care industry themselves, Bob as a former dentist and Elisabeth as a former registered nurse, the Scates' believe that to support the future of health care in North Idaho, one must support NIC. Which is why the couple contributed $25,000 to the NIC Providing Opportunities—Fulfilling Dreams Community Campaign, designed to raise a minimum of $1 million for new technology and equipment for the new NIC Health and Sciences Building and a minimum of $1 million for NIC scholarships. “Over the years, the Scates' have supported the college in a number of ways,” said NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson. “It's great to see former health care providers supporting the future of our region's health care.” With the $25,000 gift, the Scates' will have a classroom in the Health and Sciences Building named in their honor. “Together, a nurse and a dentist, we just wanted to help the field of health and sciences in Coeur d'Alene advance as much as it can,” Bob said. Bob graduated from dental school at the University of Minnesota in 1949. He moved to Coeur d'Alene with his first wife Catherine “Kit” and opened a dental practice above a feed store on Third Street. Kit assisted him before becoming a physical education and English instructor at NIC until her retirement in 1979. Bob and Dr. Walter Matson opened a new office on Indiana and Fifth from which Bob practiced until his retirement in 1978. “There were only six dentists in Coeur d'Alene when I came here,” Bob said. Elisabeth and her first husband Kenneth Dunlop, who retired from the U.S. Navy in 1958, moved from Santa Rosa, Calif., to Sandpoint in 1959. The following year they moved to Coeur d'Alene and purchased a home in the Fort Grounds in 1962. Elisabeth worked as a registered nurse at the Lake City Hospital and Coeur d'Alene General Hospital, primarily as a special duty nurse. She worked for Dr. H. Don Moseley as his office nurse for approximately 12 years before retiring in 1978. Ken passed away from pancreatic cancer in 1981 and Bob and Kit were divorced in 1984. Bob and Elisabeth grew to know each other while both members of St. Luke's Church choir. Bob was also Elisabeth's dentist for a number of years. The two married in 1985 after Bob's second term as an Idaho State Legislator and made their home in Elisabeth's Fort Grounds house, where they still reside. Living near the college, the Scates' have always kept abreast of NIC's growth and leadership over the years. The couple often walks along the campus and has watched the progress of NIC's Health and Sciences Building currently under construction and set for completion in the spring of 2005. “The Health and Sciences Building will be a wonderful addition to the college and we wanted to lend our help to the campaign,” Elisabeth said. Longtime supporters of the college, Bob and Elisabeth said they believe that their support plays a role in helping to produce tomorrow's dentists and nurses. “This town has supported me and now I want to give back and help people to start their own careers at North Idaho College,” Bob said.

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NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson, (208) 769-5978

Posted: Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004

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