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Donor Stories

  • Course Corrections Bring Success
    Course Corrections Bring Success
    Michael O'Kane '67 found his major and his best job after initial missteps. It took only one try to find a great way to support Lafayette.
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  • Engineering a Legacy
    Engineering a Legacy
    When Don Harris '74 was in high school and considering colleges, he targeted Lafayette because it was the best engineering school on his list.
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  • Continuing Long-Standing Support
    Continuing Long-Standing Support
    On Sept. 2, 1945, Forbes Meston '50 was one of thousands of U.S. Navy personnel gathered in Tokyo Bay as leaders from nine countries...
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  • In Pursuit of Literary Treasures
    In Pursuit of Literary Treasures
    Chuck Werner '62 has a love of rare books that benefits the Met, Lafayette, and his hometown.
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  • Larry Murphy '58 A Job Well Done
    Larry Murphy '58 A Job Well Done
    When Larry Murphy '58 was a student, he took a job in the career placement office not only to earn money, but to learn...
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  • Ron Garfunkel '63 Builds a Legacy
    Ron Garfunkel '63 Builds a Legacy
    His college experience was filled with good times spent learning about history, living with his Phi Psi fraternity brothers, and getting things done in...
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  • Dick Linthicum '66 Boosts Scholarship with Bequest
    Dick Linthicum '66 Boosts Scholarship with Bequest
    During the Great Depression, Dick Linthicum's father had to drop out of college after a year-and-a-half due to insufficient finances.
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  • Motivated by Gratitude
    Motivated by Gratitude
    A high school athlete with good grades in Buffalo, N.Y., Norm Riley '56 wanted to attend a top-notch college. His family was supportive...
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  • Making Beautiful Music
    Making Beautiful Music
    Don Mildrum '53 plans support for students studying his career field, engineering, and his life's passion, music.
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  • Supporting Deserving Students
    Supporting Deserving Students
    For 62 years, Bill '57 and Jackie Gano were more than partners in life. They were partners in service and philanthropy.
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  • A Family Legacy Continued Through Giving
    A Family Legacy Continued Through Giving
    After making a career of analysis of need and spending, Richard Logan '50 is very pragmatic about how he makes donations.
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  • Harlow Waite '57 Fulfills His Promise to Lafayette
    Harlow Waite '57 Fulfills His Promise to Lafayette
    He's using the minimum distribution from his IRA to establish an endowed scholarship fund. He's also using his will to augment the fund at the time of his passing.
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  • Pride and Ingenuity
    Pride and Ingenuity
    Army service gave Jack Whiteway '65 a second education in the Vietnam War. A generous will provision will help Lafayette keep providing the great college education he received.
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Gift Examples

  • Bequests
    Joe and Anna have been faithful supporters of our organization over the years. Both of them strongly believe that it is important to support and encourage our mission.
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  • Fixed Income for Retirement
    After working for decades as a pediatrician in a small rural town, Patricia was ready to retire.
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  • Capital Gains Tax Bypassed
    Peter and Gail were nearing retirement. Over the years, with the help of their financial advisor, they made solid investments in securities.
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  • Peace of Mind Gift Annuity
    Many years ago, Clara bought a home. Since she was so pleased with the home, she decided to buy stock in the company that built it.
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  • Sale and Unitrust
    Gene and Carol purchased stock in a small medical service company several years ago. Now, Gene and Carol are looking for a way to save taxes.
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  • Current Gifts
    As is the case with many families, there are times each year when Jim and Sharon focus their attention on gift giving.
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  • A Bequest to Further Good Work
    Nancy and David were dedicated volunteers. Over the years, they had seen many individuals helped by the good work of their favorite charity.
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  • Deferred Gift Annuity
    Several years ago Larry and Allison invested $30,000 in what they believed to be an attractive stock. It turned out to be a very wise decision.
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  • What Will You Do with Your Unspent Retirement Savings?
    Michael and Kelly were retired engineers with two adult children. They owned a home, some stocks, and IRAs.
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  • Providing for Our Children's Future
    Joe and Kathy worked for years building their nest egg for retirement. They also want to provide for their children.
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  • Bequest of Insurance
    Marla and Wayne purchased a life insurance policy many years ago to create security for their childrens' future.
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  • Bequests
    Joe and Anna have been faithful supporters of our organization. They believe it is important to help further our mission.
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