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Donor Stories

  • A Bequest That Reflects the Value of an Alumnus
    By his own admission, Dale C. Hicks '61 is not a wealthy man. "But I am solvent," he laughs. "And I just felt like I should do something for..."
  • Continuing a Family Legacy of Generosity
    Of all her memories growing up on the campus of Shepherd College, Carol Ann Van Evera Durand '64 reflects on the school's whirlwind of events with the most fondness.
  • Jo Ann Menzter Scholarship Benefits Education Majors
    For JoAnn Mentzer '60, attending Shepherd University was a life-changing experience. The elementary education major and member of Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority...
  • Planned Giving Requires Faith and Foresight
    It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, "Knowledge is knowing that we cannot know." To this end, when our donors inform us of their desire to share their lifelong financial achievements...
  • Planned Giving is about Helping Future Generations
    Carl K. Rauch '58 will never know Justin Collins or Adam Weaver, but knew that his planned gift would enable countless students like them...
  • Creating a Legacy with Charitable Gift Annuities
    Few things in life will cause a person to consider their own mortality quite like a cancer diagnosis. So, when Jim Wright '70 was diagnosed with...
  • The Gift that Keeps on Giving
    As the beloved librarian at South Middle School in Martinsburg, WV, Nancy Needy '55 loved her students and touched the lives of many throughout...
  • Shepherd University President Mary Hendrix Leads by Example
    Shepherd University President Mary J. C. Hendrix '74 is the first alum to lead the school in its 145-year history. Stepping into the role in...
  • Focusing on the Future
    Dr. Joseph J. Renn, III '60 enjoyed a successful career as a pulmonary and critical care physician and clinical professor of medicine at...
  • Paying It Forward
    When John Reynolds '64 moved to Washington, D.C. in 1965 to take a job with the federal government, he was dismayed by its notoriously high...
  • Consider a New Way of Giving
    Planned gifts may take on many forms, from bequests to charitable gift annuities to beneficiary designations. Recognizing...
  • The Harbaughs Create Memories and a Legacy
    Ken and Kitty '74 Harbaugh have built treasured Shepherd memories over the past 40 years. While managing printing services, Ken has mentored...
  • A Stepping Stone for Life
    Keith Hess '54 is a sports aficionado. But athletics are far from just a hobby for the retired teacher, coach, and officiator - they are a lifestyle.
  • Designating an Unrestricted Bequest Can Have Far-Reaching Results
    It was this sentiment that led Dan '69 and Joan '78 Starliper to make a planned gift to Shepherd University using a bequest in their will.