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Johnson College gets $1 million donation from alum

The donation will help cover future costs for possible new buildings.

SCRANTON, Pa. — Johnson College received a major donation from an alum.

Ideal Saldi donated $1 million; Saldi is a native of Jessup and graduated from Johnson College in 1949.

In his career, Saldi started 18 companies at the General Electric Company.

"I guess the most important thing is a trade; I could earn money with my hands. Without that, I wouldn't have been able to go to college. I would have ended up working in a factory or a coal mine," Saldi said.

The donation will help cover future costs for possible new buildings.

School officials say this is the largest donation they've received from an alum.

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