Text Resize

Donor Stories

Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to Wabash College.

    Donor Stories

  • An Influenced Life: JIM TALLEY '78 supports wabash with bequest
    An Influenced Life: JIM TALLEY '78 supports wabash with bequest

    Originally Published Fall 2005

    It seems to Jim Talley '78 that one of his favorite Wabash memories concerns "It Seems to Me That ... " "On Thursdays, during the"...


    More
  • MULTIPLE PLANNED GIFTS: DR. SHERMAN FRANZ '59 EXPRESSES DEEP APPRECIATION
    MULTIPLE PLANNED GIFTS: DR. SHERMAN FRANZ '59 EXPRESSES DEEP APPRECIATION

    Originally Published Fall 2006

    Home base is Columbus, Indiana, but Dr. Sherman Franz '59 is also a psychiatrist Down Under. In the last few years, Sherm and Jacqueline, his wife of 46 years, have...


    More
  • GIFT BY THE BANGHARTS WILL YIELD BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR WABASH
    GIFT BY THE BANGHARTS WILL YIELD BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR WABASH

    Originally Published Winter 2006

    John T. Banghart '58 founded businesses selling turf grass (sod) and growing nursery stock for landscape use. So he understands the importance of planting seeds...


    More
  • DR. MARK LAPIERE '92: Bequest by young alum demonstrates appreciation for Wabash
    DR. MARK LAPIERE '92: Bequest by young alum demonstrates appreciation for Wabash

    Originally Published Spring 2007

    When Dr. Mark Lapiere '92 initially visited Wabash, he was told he'd be only the second person in 25 years to pursue pre-veterinarian studies on campus. But Dr. Austin Brooks, who...


    More
  • PROFESSOR AND FARMER: OVAL MYERS JR. '58 SUPPORTS WABASH WITH GIFT ANNUITY
    PROFESSOR AND FARMER: OVAL MYERS JR. '58 SUPPORTS WABASH WITH GIFT ANNUITY

    Originally Published Fall 2007

    Oval Myers Jr. '58 jokes that he became involved in international agricultural work because "the West was already won and I was too old to go to...


    More
  • TESTAMENTARY TRUSTS CREATED FOR GROWN CHILDREN WITH REMAINDER VALUES TO SUPPORT WABASH
    TESTAMENTARY TRUSTS CREATED FOR GROWN CHILDREN WITH REMAINDER VALUES TO SUPPORT WABASH

    Originally Published Spring 2008

    The Wabash education of W. Dale Compton '49 drove his success as a Ford researcher and college professor. "Most men who graduate from Wabash would concur that"...


    More
  • WABASH LEGEND CONTINUES GIVING BACK TO CAMPUS HE LOVES
    WABASH LEGEND CONTINUES GIVING BACK TO CAMPUS HE LOVES

    Originally Published Summer 2008

    In 1947, Dr. Victor M. Powell was teaching at Dartmouth College when Wabash Dean Byron Trippet asked him to interview for a job as a speech instructor. In that postwar time...


    More
  • DOCTOR'S GIFT CELEBRATES WABASH'S HELP IN
    DOCTOR'S GIFT CELEBRATES WABASH'S HELP IN "EVERYTHING I'VE ACCOMPLISHED"

    Originally Published Fall 2008

    Dr. Norm Armstrong '58 likes to joke about why he chose Wabash College. "I grew up in a family with eight children-all boys," said the plastic surgeon, who grew up near"...


    More
  • BEQUEST FROM A TRAVELING MAN WILL HELP WABASH STUDENTS GO PLACES
    BEQUEST FROM A TRAVELING MAN WILL HELP WABASH STUDENTS GO PLACES

    Originally Published Spring 2009

    Students at Oxford University in England get a six-week break between terms to write papers. Robert E. Armstrong '74 used his instead to travel all over...


    More
  • FOOTBALL MOM SCORES WITH GIFT OF LIFE INSURANCE
    FOOTBALL MOM SCORES WITH GIFT OF LIFE INSURANCE

    Originally Published Summer 2009

    When his high school football coach first mentioned Wabash College as a possibility for a college football career, Rensselaer's Addrian Frederick had never...


    More
  • LEGENDARY WRESTLING COACH MAX SERVIES '58 AND WIFE NANCY PIN DOWN A GIFT TO WABASH
    LEGENDARY WRESTLING COACH MAX SERVIES '58 AND WIFE NANCY PIN DOWN A GIFT TO WABASH

    Originally Published Fall 2009

    Growing up in Crawfordsville, Max Servies '58 knew all along where he wanted to attend college: Wabash. "I didn't have to go anywhere else"...


    More
  • PAUL SAXTON '60 GIVES TO WABASH IN THANKS FOR A SECOND CHANCE
    PAUL SAXTON '60 GIVES TO WABASH IN THANKS FOR A SECOND CHANCE

    Originally Published Summer 2010

    Paul A. Saxton '60 is grateful to Wabash for giving him a second chance at college. Saxton would later go on to a successful business career, retiring as chairman and CEO of...


    More
  • LONGTIME WRITER'S GIFT WILL HELP STUDENTS MAKE THEIR OWN WABASH MEMORIES
    LONGTIME WRITER'S GIFT WILL HELP STUDENTS MAKE THEIR OWN WABASH MEMORIES

    Originally Published Fall 2010

    For more than two decades Susan Veatch Cantrell honored Wabash men and their families by telling their stories with her words: feature articles in Wabash Magazine, official citations and...


    More
  • JIM HUTCHESON '68 CONTINUES SERVING OTHERS WITH GIFTS TO WABASH
    JIM HUTCHESON '68 CONTINUES SERVING OTHERS WITH GIFTS TO WABASH

    Originally Published Winter 2010

    Retirement bored Jim Hutcheson '68. So he earned a nursing degree at Northern Michigan University and has worked in the renal care unit at OSF St. Francis Medical Center...


    More
  • BELOVED PROFESSOR MAKES GIFT TO HELP WABASH-AND HERSELF
    BELOVED PROFESSOR MAKES GIFT TO HELP WABASH-AND HERSELF

    Originally Published Summer 2011

    Dr. Melissa A. Butler was one of three female Wabash instructors when she began teaching political science in 1976. Some alumni complained that a woman shouldn't be...


    More

  • "TAGALONG SISTER" HONORS BROTHER'S TEACHING LEGACY

    Originally Published Fall 2011

    Growing up in Chicago in the 1930s, Ruth Thomys remembers her brother Karl-Heinz Planitz with great fondness. "He was a wonderful brother who never minded a little sister"...


    More
  • David Miller: 'Give Back What You Got'
    David Miller: 'Give Back What You Got'

    Originally Published Winter 2011

    Looking back more than 15 years ago, Adam Miller '05 couldn't remember a time when his dad, David, wasn't there. It didn't matter how far the tournament was, or if there were slim...


    More
  • Dr. Placher Leaves His Little Giant's Legacy: $1.4 Million
    Dr. Placher Leaves His Little Giant's Legacy: $1.4 Million

    Originally Published Spring 2012

    The Wabash College community was dealt a tremendous blow when Bill Placher '70 died in December 2008. A celebrated student, master teacher, and accomplished scholar...


    More
  • CAVANAUGH FAMILY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP PAYS IT FORWARD
    CAVANAUGH FAMILY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP PAYS IT FORWARD

    Originally Published Summer 2012

    While still in high school, Eric "Rick" Cavanaugh '76 and his parents were assured by Bob Mitchum H '59 that Wabash College was a good investment. Rick proved them right. "I wanted to be"...


    More

  • SCHOLARSHIP HONORS LEGACY OF GAS MASK INVENTOR JAMES BERT GARNER, BS 1893
    SCHOLARSHIP HONORS LEGACY OF GAS MASK INVENTOR JAMES BERT GARNER, BS 1893

    Originally Published Fall 2012

    Sarah (Sally) Gustafson's son told her, "Mom, if you don't write grandfather's history, no one will." That story-which is to be a book entitled...


    More
  • MINISTER'S SON CREATES SCHOLARSHIP FOR FUTURE WABASH MEN
    MINISTER'S SON CREATES SCHOLARSHIP FOR FUTURE WABASH MEN

    Originally Published Summer 2013

    As the son of a minister who traveled to rural areas, Thomas Leroy Houk Jr. '62 grew up in small farm communities in northwest Indiana. "Clergy make a decision to follow their calling in lieu of"...


    More
  • HONORING 7 WABASH MEN IN HER WILL-A WIDOW'S REMEMBRANCE
    HONORING 7 WABASH MEN IN HER WILL-A WIDOW'S REMEMBRANCE

    Originally Published Fall 2013

    Carol Dyer's husband, Mr. Robert "Bob" R. Dyer '37, was one of seven men in Carol's family who graced the halls and classrooms of Wabash between 1867 and 1937. These men included Carol's great-grandfather...


    More
  • DON KERNER '62: SCHOLARSHIPS, A GIFT BACK, AND A STOLEN MASCOT SUIT
    DON KERNER '62: SCHOLARSHIPS, A GIFT BACK, AND A STOLEN MASCOT SUIT

    Originally Published Summer 2014

    I visited with Don Kerner '62 just a few years ago, as he was helping rally his classmates to pull off their 50th reunion. He'd called me and invited me to join him for lunch, where among...


    More
  • WABASH RESPONSE TO SMALL GIFT LEADS TO MUCH LARGER GIFTS
    WABASH RESPONSE TO SMALL GIFT LEADS TO MUCH LARGER GIFTS

    Originally Published Fall 2014

    The Wabash response to a friend's small gift stirred Robert "Bob" Schwab '56 to begin donating regularly more than 50 years ago-a tradition that recently led Bob and his wife, Martha, to establish...


    More
  • FAIRES-BAKER SCHOLARSHIP HONORS WABASH-DPU FRIENDSHIP
    FAIRES-BAKER SCHOLARSHIP HONORS WABASH-DPU FRIENDSHIP

    Originally Published Winter 2014

    Ross Faires (Wabash '58) and James Baker (DePauw '53) maintained a special relationship. Their lives initially became intertwined as colleagues at Arvin Industries of Columbus, Indiana, where their...


    More
  • TWO DETOURS LEAD TO SUCCESS AND TO GIFTS OF GRATITUDE
    TWO DETOURS LEAD TO SUCCESS AND TO GIFTS OF GRATITUDE

    Originally Published Spring 2015

    Victor R. Lindquist '54 had to take a slight detour between high school and college, working for three years to save enough money to attend Wabash on scholarship. That and...


    More
  • RAY KNIGHT '69 GOES FROM ORPHAN TO PHYSICIAN; IN THANKS HE MAKES GIFT FROM SALE OF PORSCHE
    RAY KNIGHT '69 GOES FROM ORPHAN TO PHYSICIAN; IN THANKS HE MAKES GIFT FROM SALE OF PORSCHE

    Originally Published Fall 2015

    Dr. E. Ray Knight '69, grateful for the scholarships that enabled him to attend Wabash and then go on to medical school, recently decided to donate half of the proceeds from the sale...


    More
  • DR. STAN VOGEL '66 GIVES REAL ESTATE THAT PROVIDES HIM INCOME NOW-WITH A GIFT TO WABASH LATE
    DR. STAN VOGEL '66 GIVES REAL ESTATE THAT PROVIDES HIM INCOME NOW-WITH A GIFT TO WABASH LATE

    Originally Published Spring 2016

    Dr. Stan Vogel '66 started a stream of family members who have attended Wabash College, and he is currently receiving a stream of income from a gift of real estate that will...


    More
  • DR. GARY DILLON'S BLENDED GIFT IS IN GRATITUDE FOR LEARNING HIS TOUGHEST LESSON AT WABASH
    DR. GARY DILLON'S BLENDED GIFT IS IN GRATITUDE FOR LEARNING HIS TOUGHEST LESSON AT WABASH

    Originally Published Fall 2016

    Dr. Gary Dillon believes in the value of hard work, which is why he and his wife Ann are establishing a scholarship for Wabash students who have demonstrated their work ethic-and funding it with a blended gift from his IRA that includes...


    More
  • DR. JIM CUMMING '61 MAKES GIFT TO WABASH THAT WILL HELP PUT HIS SIX GRANDCHILDREN THROUGH COLLEGE
    DR. JIM CUMMING '61 MAKES GIFT TO WABASH THAT WILL HELP PUT HIS SIX GRANDCHILDREN THROUGH COLLEGE

    Originally Published Summer 2017

    Jim Cumming '61 has six grandchildren and wants to help all of them pay for their college educations. He's doing it through a gift to Wabash College, which he credits for launching his career...


    More
  • CATHY, WIDOW OF SKIP LONG '71, ESTABLISHES SCHOLARSHIP TO HONOR HIM, HIS DAD, AND THE WABASH 'MAGIC'
    CATHY, WIDOW OF SKIP LONG '71, ESTABLISHES SCHOLARSHIP TO HONOR HIM, HIS DAD, AND THE WABASH 'MAGIC'

    Originally Published Fall 2017

    Cathy Long tells the story of how whenever her late husband Skip and his father would get together, the two Wabash men would serenade the family with their alma mater's fight song...


    More
  • INVESTMENT EXPERT FRED RUEBECK '61 OFFERS GIFT EXPERTISE IN SUPPORT OF FIRST-GENERATION STUDENTS
    INVESTMENT EXPERT FRED RUEBECK '61 OFFERS GIFT EXPERTISE IN SUPPORT OF FIRST-GENERATION STUDENTS

    Originally Published Summer 2018

    When an investment expert like Fred Ruebeck '61 recommends the IRA charitable rollover and charitable gift annuities-two types of gifts he has made to Wabash College-donors listen. Fred was director...


    More
  • JOHN BURRELL '69 THANKS WABASH WITH GIFT OF LIFE INSURANCE POLICY
    JOHN BURRELL '69 THANKS WABASH WITH GIFT OF LIFE INSURANCE POLICY

    Originally Published Fall 2018

    John Burrell '69 chose Wabash over Notre Dame because of the welcoming way that his tour of Wabash was conducted-and he has never regretted the decision. Now he...


    More
  • WIFE'S PLEDGE AND BEQUEST ENDOWS DR. MARTIN R. SEE '74 SCHOLARSHIP
    WIFE'S PLEDGE AND BEQUEST ENDOWS DR. MARTIN R. SEE '74 SCHOLARSHIP

    Originally Published Spring 2019

    Esteemed Indianapolis cardiologist Dr. Martin R. See '74 read his own CT scan in June of 2017 and diagnosed himself with liver cancer caused by a melanoma skin lesion...


    More
  • Giant Steps: Grandson of Wabash Titan Endows Speaker Series
    Giant Steps: Grandson of Wabash Titan Endows Speaker Series

    Originally Published Fall 2019

    Planned Giving: Oest Honors W. Norwood Brigance with Speaker Series
    Jack Oest is quick to point out that, when it came time for him to start planning his estate...


    More
  • News Paper Route Leads to Wabash
    News Paper Route Leads to Wabash

    Originally Published Fall 2020

    One newspaper route, two spontaneous conversations, and a ticket to a new life. Bob Kellogg '55 was raised in Columbia City, Indiana, by his grandparents; though...


    More
  • "I Wouldn't Have Made It Through Without the MXI"

    Originally Published Spring 2021

    In the 1970s, there were few students who looked like Joseph Mims '76 at Wabash College. Having grown up in a segregated school system until high school...


    More
  • "What Can I Do for Wabash?"

    Originally Published Winter 2022

    On September 11, 2001, as I was leaving the Detroit Country Club after meeting with an alum for breakfast that morning, I walked past the security office around 9:30 am at the front entrance and I noticed two...


    More
scriptsknown

Resources for Professional Advisors