The Alden Society
Join The Alden Society — It's easy!
The Alden Society recognizes and celebrates those – like yourself – who have included Worcester Polytechnic Institute as part of their estate plan; whether the gift is a bequest, charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, charitable lead trust, insurance policy or property.
To join The Alden Society, please complete the member profile form. Please let us know whether you wish to be included on our annual membership list or prefer to be an anonymous member.
Membership involves no dues or obligations. It is our way to recognize your commitment to WPI and to inspire others to do the same.
When you become a member of The Alden Society, we will send you a welcome packet that includes an Alden Society lapel pin, the latest Ideas newsletter, and a roster of Alden Society members. Special events for members are held throughout the year, including the annual luncheon during Reunion Weekend.
The most significant benefit of joining The Alden Society is knowing that you have played an important role in securing WPI’s long-term success. Thank you!
George I. Alden
George I. Alden
George I. Alden was born in 1843. He graduated from Harvard’s Lawrence School of Science in 1868 and was WPI’s first professor of mechanical engineering. Alden served as acting president of WPI twice and was a trustee for 14 years. He helped found the Norton Company in 1885. His ultimate gift was the establishment of a charitable trust that through the years has garnered more than $19 million in commitments to WPI.
Ruth P. and Donald Taylor, co-chairs of The Alden Society.
Donald Taylor ‘49
“When the Alden Society was formed in 1993, it was natural to be enlisted, given my feelings since graduation about supporting WPI. When I discussed this with Ruth, she said she felt part of WPI, too, and insisted on making her own gift and becoming a member.”