Meet Our Benefactors
We thank all our planned-gift donors for their generous support. Here are some of their stories.
Suzanne Durand '71 - Charitable Bequests
"Charitable giving is an American virtue. My husband and I believe that organizations should be independent of government financial support and the accompanying restrictions, and one source of income should be from private donations. When we drew up our wills last year, we wanted to ensure that the money left in our estate would go to organizations that had been meaningful in our lives."
Jane Grove '59 - Charitable Gift Annuity
"If you have the money and want to invest it in the future of our children, a charitable gift annuity is the best route to take. You're getting financial security while helping your cause. Money doesn't do any good sitting under a mattress."
Pradyumna Chauhan, Ph.D., Professor of English - Charitable Gift Annuity
"In 1968, the College became my home and its employees, my family. I have owed the group deep gratitude which, piecemeal, I have sought to repay. There is infinitely greater joy in giving what one earns than in consuming it oneself. And, personally, I have discovered no better recipient for such gifts of love than the school that taught my children, giving them a direction for their respective careers. Thankfully, a CGA investment in Beaver College, now Arcadia University, only enhances the school's power to further multiply productive and useful citizens for the country."
Bette Landman, Ph.D., President Emerita
"From my 33 years at Beaver College, now Arcadia University, I know how dramatically lives can be changed by providing a personal, quality education to those who otherwise may never had the chance to go to college. For me, hearing the personal stories of alumnae from the classes of 1920s confirmed that we, who benefited from the generosity of our predecessors, owe future generations of underprivileged but able students a similar chance to maximize their potential and realize their dreams."
Beveryly Rappaport Goldberg - Charitable Gift Annuity
As an alumna, I've always wanted to make a major gift to Arcadia University. Beaver College changed my life. With my charitable gift annuity, I can help new generations of students while also increasing my income.
Bernice Wenzel Jeffrey '42 - Revocable Living Trust
I included Arcadia in my estate plans through a revocable living trust to provide future generations of Arcadia students with the academic challenges I enjoyed. Arcadia really was an ideal environment for me. The whole atmosphere was congenial. I was able to work closely with several faculty members, and all of them were approachable. If I had not gone to Arcadia, I wonder what I would have become!
Eleanor A. Workman - Bequest
I've always believed that you give what you get and get what you give. That is why when my husnad and I were reviewing our estate plans we agreed to include a bequest for both of our colleges in our wills. I really came into my own while attending Arcadia. I grew and became my own person... it made a big difference in my life and I feel I should pay that back.
Patricia Darling Kile '56 - Charitable Gift Annuity
I became a teacher because of my education at Arcadia. I didn't have scholarships, but I know many of the girls that did. I feel it's important to help those who need it now. Putting my IRA withdrawals into a charitable gift annuity gave me a chance to make a substantial donation to the University while also receiving tax deductions and retained income.
Lyanne Lindo Wassermann ’61
“I owe a lot to my college experience for making me who I am.”
University President Jerry Greiner’s commitment to further internationalize Arcadia’s campus sits well with alumna Lyanne Lindo Wassermann ’61. Lyanne, a native of Panama, was an international student herself when she arrived on the Arcadia campus in the late 1950s.
Lyanne says her parents “wanted me in a very safe environment,” near her brother and cousins, who were students at the University of Pennsylvania. With home so far away, she spent breaks and holidays in America, returning to Panama only during the Christmas holiday season. “I made so many friends that I never lacked for a place to go for the holidays,” she says.
Lyanne, who received her degree in Spanish, started out as a pre-med major, but says liberal arts studies soon drew her away from medicine. “I had never studied the arts,” she says, adding that many of the faculty members on campus at that time inspired her in the areas of art, theater and music. “As a result,” she says, “I have such a love for all the beautiful things in life.”
Lyanne and her husband, Barton, who met on a blind date while she was a student at Arcadia, are “perpetual” students. Lyanne says all members of her family are big believers in being loyal to their alma maters. “Education is so very, very important,” she says. “You need to pass that on to your children.”
It is for this reason she joined Arcadia’s Covenant Society, informing the Office of Gift Planning that she has named the University as a beneficiary in her will.
“You reach a certain point in your life when you start talking about two new real-life issues: estate planning and long-term care,” Lyanne says with a smile. Then she adds a little more seriously, “It’s a time of reflection. What would I like my tiny piece of immortality to be?” Barton adds, “How have I served others?” And as the discussions about estate planning progress, Lyanne says you first think about your children and grandchildren, then you think about your religion, your education, and what she calls “other bonding experiences you had in the past.”
Additionally, Lyanne says of her planned testamentary gift and her many years of loyal support for Arcadia, “I feel it’s a personal obligation to support your alma mater—to support it while you are living and to support it when you are gone.”