Thanks to Outreach, U.S. Colleges Enjoy Jump in Gifts From Abroad

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Christopher Lund, a Notre Dame alumnus living in Brazil, recently gave $1-million to his alma mater. The university's efforts to keep in touch with him included a visit from its president in 1981.

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Christopher Lund, a Notre Dame alumnus living in Brazil, recently gave $1-million to his alma mater. The university's efforts to keep in touch with him included a visit from its president in 1981.

An "accidental businessman."

That’s how Christopher Lund describes the turn his life took more than five decades ago. With degrees in literature—a bachelor’s from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s from the University of Wisconsin—Mr. Lund had envisioned a career as a humanities professor. But before a life of tweed and iambic pentameter, he needed some money. And so with his new wife in tow, Mr. Lund headed for South America to take a job at a