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Both Paul ’50 and Aleen Schreiber, or “Mr. and Mrs. Schreiber” as they were known to students, taught for decades in the Dayton area. Aleen taught modern languages at the University of Dayton before settling in at Centerville High School and teaching Spanish and Latin from the 1950s through the ’70s. Paul briefly taught math and science alongside Aleen in Centerville, as well as at Sinclair Community College and the Air Force Institute of Technology — in addition to establishing a prominent career as a research physicist.

The couple eventually enjoyed their retirement, immersing themselves in local dance clubs and traveling, but continued to educate others in a volunteer capacity. Paul helped AARP members file their taxes, while Aleen taught English to international students and helped them adjust to life in the United States.

Both recently passed away, but they ensured their lifelong devotion to education would carry on, establishing the Paul and Aleen M. Schreiber Scholarship at the University of Dayton with a bequest of more than $840,000.

The scholarship, based in the College of Arts and Sciences, provides assistance to students majoring in areas for which the Schreibers had passions, mainly the languages, math and science. Five students currently receive support through the scholarship, including English major Madeline Sefton ’18, who shares Aleen’s love for language.

“I enjoy how literature takes on real world issues, and how words matter,” Sefton said. She aspires to attend law school — and to repay the Schreibers’ generosity in her personal life and career. “I plan to pay it forward by volunteering, particularly for kids … I also hope to do pro bono work, helping people who can’t afford an attorney.”

Through this impactful generosity, the Schreibers have become part of the Leo Meyer Society, an exclusive group composed of those who have remembered, or made a commitment to remember, the University of Dayton in their wills or estates. Over the last five years, this group has impacted the University in transformative fashion, gracing the University with more than $50 million in new planned giving commitments and $17 million in realized commitments.

Our mission to become the University for the Common Good begins with this special kind of devotion, one that extends far beyond any of our lifetimes. The Schreibers — and so many others — inspire us with their lasting dedication to and investment in future generations of Flyer students.


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Drafted into the Army in 1943, Paul Schreiber served overseas in an armored artillery unit during World War II. He was enlisted until war’s end, before making his way to the University of Dayton where the GI Bill enabled him to earn his degree and teaching certification. “It gave me an opportunity I probably never would have had otherwise,” he said of the GI Bill.

Many years later, Schreiber recounted his combat experiences, including war-time comradery and escapes from shrapnel, in For Comrade and Country: Oral Histories of World War II Veterans. His detailed account reflects his resilience as a soldier and the hard-fought wisdom he gained in the face of such harrowing experiences.

“I think you just took every day as it came, you know, maybe say a few prayers now and then. It was not pleasant but you had no alternative.”
–Paul Schreiber in For Comrade and Country: Oral Histories of World War II Veterans


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