Fund Raisers in Academe Try to Make Sense of a Secretive Donor

Officials ponder issues raised by the way one man gave colleges some $300-million

Now that the philanthropy of Charles F. (Chuck) Feeney has been thrust into the spotlight, a clearer picture is forming of how his gifts remained a secret and why colleges and other recipients didn't mind the mystery.

Mr. Feeney, who made a fortune from a string of duty-free shops, revealed last month that he, through two obscure foundations, over 13 years had given more than $600-million to colleges, universities, and other charities in the United States and abroad. Higher education