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PAR receives endowment for internship

The Public Affairs Research Council recently received a major gift from the estate of a former employee to establish the Emogene Pliner Research Internship Endowment Fund. Additional donors include Charles Ellis Brown and Sean Reilly and Jennifer Eplett-Reilly.

“Emogene’s family and friends are pleased that PAR established a research internship and named it in her honor. PAR and research were both very important parts of her life,” said Winston Riddick, executor of the Pliner estate.

Pliner was the second employee hired at PAR in 1951 and served the organization with distinction for 41 years. At the time of her retirement in 1992, she was PAR’s research director. During her tenure at PAR, she was the recipient of several national awards for her outstanding work in public policy research and was widely recognized by her peers and by public officials as one of the most knowledgeable authorities on Louisiana government.

Because of Pliner’s long-standing commitment to sound, scholarly, unbiased research and her exemplary professional career, the endowed research internships at PAR are an appropriate legacy. This fund will support both the mission of PAR and the career pursuits of students interested in following in her esteemed footsteps.

“Ms. Pliner was known for her tireless pursuit of better government for Louisiana and her mentorship of student interns,” said PAR President Jim Brandt. “We are proud to establish this fund in honor of her memory.”

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