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IN APPRECIATION... for the generous financial support provided by all of our loyal alumni and friends, we offer these personal stories. They illustrate how these representative donors were able to accomplish their philanthropic objectives through the use of various planned giving methods. We hope these personal stories, written by the donors themselves, are helpful as you consider your own philanthropic objectives.

George Hood Planned Giving Testimonial


Featured Story

Family Trust Supports University
Dr. Atul Gupta, an interventional radiologist, and his family, who all have close ties to the University, generously established a charitable remainder unitrust.
Campbell-sm.jpg Dr. and Mrs. Campbell 
Campbells Create Trust to Fund Future Scholarship 
Price_sm.jpg Francis Lloyd Price ’74, ’75S (MBA) and Nita Price
Living Their Values: Couple’s Giving Supports Ideals of Together for Rochester Campaign
Spindler_sm.jpg Howard Spindler ’81E (MA)
“Music has shaped my life, and teaching has been my greatest joy.”
Photo of Gary Berger. Link to his story. Gary Berger ’69M (MD)
A Genius Gift
Photo of Gary Clinton ’73 and Don Millinger ’76. Link to their story. Gary Clinton ’73 and Don Millinger ’76
Blend Current and Estate Gifts to Support Students
Photo of Ronald Cole ’62M (MD) and Sheri Cole. Link to their story. Ronald Cole ’62M (MD) and Sheri Cole
Gift of Vacation Home Provides Family Income for Life
Photo of Suzanne Timble. Link to her story. Suzanne Timble ’67
Suzanne Timble ’67 Marked the Occasion of Her 50th College Reunion with a Special Outright Gift
Photo of Dr. Douglas Dompkowski ’95D (PDC) and his wife Sharon Dr. Douglas Dompkowski ’95D (PDC) and his wife Sharon
Charitable Gifts Provide Income for Life and a Lasting Legacy
Photo of Dr. Martha Ann Keels and Dr. Dennis A. Clements III ’72M Dennis A. Clements III ’72M and his wife Martha Ann Keels
Estate Plan and Outright Gifts—Better Care for Kids Today and a Healthier World Tomorrow
Photo of Dee Molinari ’58. Link to her story. Dee Molinari ’58
Blends Gifts to Create Music Scholarship and Support Visual Arts
Photo of Mariane Bafile ’85D (PDC), ’87D (PDC). Link to her story. Mariane Bafile ’85D (PDC), ’87D (PDC)
Ensuring Excellence in Education and Income for Life
Photo of Gloria ’62 and Eugene Ulterino ’63. Link to their story.
Gloria ’62 and Eugene Ulterino ’63
A Gift From First-Generation College Graduates Ensures a Legacy of Opportunity
Linda Wells Davey ’53
Charitable Gift Annuities Are Excellent Addition to Your Philanthropic Plan
Photo of Dick and Vicki Schwartz. Link to their story. Dick ’63, MS ’66 and Vicki ’62 Schwartz
Why We Give: Dick and Vicki Schwartz
Lewis_sm.jpg T.C ’60 and Pam ’62 Lewis
Year-End Giving Helped Us Provide Support to Nursing Students Now and in the Future
Charles and Beverly Bishop with Michael Tanenhaus Charles W. Bishop ’46 (Ph.D.) and the late Dr. Beverly Petterson Bishop ’46 (M.A.)
The Charitable Rollover Helped Us Accomplish Our Philanthropic Goals
Dr. Herchmat and Marge Tabechian Dr. Hechmat ’61 M (M.D.) and Mrs. Marge Tabechian ’60 W
We Established a Charitable Gift Annuity to Acknowledge Our Appreciation
William and Loretta Ford Mr. William J. and Dr. Loretta C. Ford HNR ’00
Gifts from Our IRAs Were Easy and Tax-Free!
James and Jacqueline Adams James and Jacqueline Adams
A Life-Income Gift: Right for So Many Reasons
Jonathan Foster Jonathan Foster '59
A Legacy Made Simple
Larry and Sara Mason-Smith Larry and Sara Mason Smith
Bequests: Perpetuating a Family Tradition of Giving
Dan and Nancy Robbins Dan and Nancy Robbins
Cash was the way to go!
Leon Winans Leon Winans '30
Gift of his home fulfills an unimaginable legacy
Scala Family Andrew Scala '11, John Scala '80, Bob Scala '56M (MS), '58M (PhD), and Janet Scala '55N
Through a combination of annual, major, and planned gifts, they have crafted their own personal legacy for the benefit of future generations of Rochester students.
Andy Stalder Andy Stalder '48
Andy Stalder’s involvement with the University’s Eastman School of Music has been lifelong, starting with violin lessons in 1933...
Dr. Eric M. Dreyfuss Dr. Eric M. Dreyfuss
“Allergists in Rochester, N.Y., have had a great influence... ” writes Dr. Eric M. Dreyfuss.
Donna Matheson Donna Matheson '78, '79S (MBA)
Donna Matheson acknowledges how important her Simon School education has been to her Wall Street career...
Dr. Brewster C. Doust Dr. Brewster C. Doust '50, '52M (MD)
Dr. Brewster C. Doust graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry...
Merle and Hans Schiff Merle and Hans Schiff '43
Over the years, Hans and Merle made numerous gifts to the University. They were faithful annual-fund supporters and established an endowed scholarship fund.
Bob and Corky Kirkwood Bob '50 (MA), '56 (PhD) and Corky Kirkwood '48
Following successful careers in higher education, Bob and Corky decided to honor Perkins by contributing to the establishment of an endowed fund.
Dr. Neil and Nancy Hollyfield Dr. Neil '78D and Nancy Hollyfield
"When we heard about the Handelman Fund, established to honor Dr. Stanley Handelman with whom Neil studied in a residency at Eastman Dental Center in the late 1970s, we knew that we wanted to participate."
Elizabeth Wells Elizabeth Wells '96E (MA), '04E (PhD)
"I was thinking about a personal mission statement for my life and wanted to know that I was leaving a legacy, a mark on the world that would last far beyond my years."
Judy Wilmot Linehan Judy Wilmot Linehan
"I believe there is no one whose life will not be touched by cancer, and the way to combat it is to fund the researchers, find new treatments, and one day we will find the cures."
Carol Brink Carol Brink '56
"I really believe in the mission of the School of Nursing and have since I started here as a nursing student."
Robert Manchester Robert C. Manchester '32M (MD)
More than 20 years ago, Dr. Manchester, along with his sister Winifred, established a scholarship fund to assist students in financial need as a tribute to their father.
Linda Howell Linda Howell, R.N.
When my husband and I were preparing our wills, our attorney asked us about donations to charity...
Mary Ann Singer Mary Ann Singer '57
"I have been told that charitable gift annuities are among the most popular of planned giving methods. Based on my experience, I can certainly understand why."
Nels and Joan Hoffman Nels '55 and Joan '55 Hoffman
Our education at the University provided a great platform for a future career and a wonderful life together...
Barbara Hall Sheppard Barbara Hall Sheppard '59
Instead of selling her condominium in Colorado, Barbara Hall Sheppard '59 used the fully depreciated property to fund a charitable remainder trust at Rochester.
Louise Milstein Spivack Louise Milstein Spivack
Living with cancer, I know firsthand how truly important are the care, the staff, and all that goes into making the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center an excellent resource...
Dietlinde Payne Dietlinde Payne '64
Charitable gift annuities have proven to be a wonderful way for me to increase my retirement income. The payments are stable and guaranteed...
Lynn Lutz Lynn Lutz
I could be blind today if it wasn't for the wonderful care provided to me by Dr. Steven Ching, Dr. David Diloreto, and their associates in the University of Rochester Eye Institute...
Robert Sproull Robert L. Sproull
When the University's Board of Trustees voted in the fall of 2002 to establish Donor-Advised Funds, my wife Mary and I were pleased to be the first donors...
Brian Prince Brian Prince '86
I learned during my years at the University of Rochester that there's more to a good education than grades alone can measure...
Dr. Roberta Dayer Dr. Roberta Dayer '57
At the time of my 45th and 50th reunions, charitable gift annuities proved to be the ideal way for me to express my personal enthusiasm for the education I received at the University of Rochester...
Theresa Canada Theresa J. Canada '76, '89EdD
My mother, Mildred, provided me with love and support during my entire life...
John Frazer John P. Frazer '35, '39MD
In 1992, in order to make a substantial gift to my field of interest at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry...
Jean Johnson Jean Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN
I have made my gifts to the School of Nursing because I believe strongly that research conducted by nurses contributes knowledge that can make the difference...
Linda Wells Davey Linda Wells Davey '53
Both my husband and I graduated from the University. We met there and were married before I graduated...
Ann and Dr. Robert Hoekelman Ann and Dr. Robert A. Hoekelman
I have spent my entire professional career seeking to keep children well and, when necessary, helping to provide them with the best possible care when a hospital stay...
  Dr. Raymond Schneider '48, '52 MD
I am most fortunate to have received two degrees from the University of Rochester...


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