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We are thankful for those who have made an estate gift to the University of Denver. Here are their stories.

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MBA Alum Invests in Students’ Success

“A DU education opens the doors for students to pursue whatever they want to pursue,” says Russell Noles (MBA ’89). “My DU degree forever changed my life for the better.” See how Russell is opening doors for today’s students with smart gift planning.

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Honoring a Lifetime of Friendship and Service

Growing up, Margaret “Margee” Cannon knew Connie Anderson as a friend of her mother’s. Later in life, Margee would become Connie’s strong supporter and one of her closest friends. Through this friendship, a lasting legacy was born at DU that will benefit generations of students to come.

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Robby and Barbara Robb

The University of Denver's intensified focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education makes perfect sense to Robby Robb, a DU alumnus and former engineer who is also the founding chairman of the board of the Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST).

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Son’s Passion Inspires Mother’s Legacy Gift

Helping students struggling with high-risk substance use was near and dear to Marilyn Girouard’s son Louis. It’s why she became closely involved with DU’s Health and Counseling Center and how she came to make a gift in honor of her son’s work.

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A Partnership and a Legacy

Michael Pulman, PhD, University of California, Berkeley, and Eric Lindstrom, MD, School of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, wanted to make an impact on the study of human sexuality in ways not possible in decades past.

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Paying It Forward

As a first-generation student and financial aid recipient, Gary Forbach (BA ’69) credits DU for his success as a professor and administrator. See how Gary and his wife, Paula, are paying it forward and honoring Gary’s grandparents in the process.

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A Legacy of Love

To Allan Grimm, this gift is about honoring Barbara Jean's wish that Evans Chapel remains in good condition for years to come.

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Leaving a Legacy for DU Veterans

As a veteran and proud DU alum, Jim Warren knew he wanted his legacy to be one of support for students, honoring the service and sacrifices of veterans like him.

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A Formula for Success and Philanthropy

Steve Johnson had two things he was looking for in a college: a good mechanical engineering program and financial aid. DU offered both. Now, he's paying it back and helping future students.

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Rus and Reena Peterson

Rus and Reena Peterson had recently moved to Denver when they learned that Bill Tierney was coaching the University of Denver lacrosse team.

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Bill (BA '69, M.Ed. '70) and Kathy (BA '69) Kain

There are two threads interwoven into the fabric of alumni Bill (BA '69, M.Ed. '70) and Kathy (BA '69) Kain’s lives: the University of Denver and serving the public good.

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Patrick "Pat" Schauer (BS '51)

Patrick "Pat" Schauer (BS '51) served his country in wartime, served as a guardian for his brother while attending DU, and now, after his passing, serves as an inspiration to all Pioneers.

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Mary Griffin (MA '76)

After a category F4 twister ripped through her town the summer before graduate school, Mary Griffin (MA ’76) told her father, "I'm not going to Denver."

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Helen Davis (EdD ’61)

Helen Davis (EdD '61) has lived a life of art and, at 94 years of age, she is still passionately encouraging others to do the same.

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Grant Wilkins (BA ’47)

Grant Wilkins (BA ’47) has dedicated his life to eradicating polio. For more than two decades he has traveled the globe, sharing his story in an effort to raise money for PolioPlus, a Rotary International program aimed at eliminating the disease. He also distributes vaccines in the countries he visits.

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Jon Kraus

Jon Kraus joined University Advancement in March 2015. Jon is Director of Development—Gift Planning and works with donors, advisors and university partners to explore options for making tax-wise gifts that can have the most impact possible on the university and our students.

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Ruth Klein

Ruth Klein (MA '55) and her late husband, Roy (BFA '52; MA '55), never had a conventional family. They chose instead to embrace a much larger one: the University of Denver community.

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Dan and Beth Whittemore

For Dan (BSBA '63 JD '72) and Beth Whittemore, exploring Native American culture was always an important part of life.

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James L. Hecht and Amy Blatchford Hecht

For more than 60 years, James L. "Jim" Hecht and Amy Blatchford Hecht have believed in the power of cultural exchange to promote greater understanding between people of different cultures and nationalities. While neither of the two attended the University of Denver as students, an introduction to DU's Josef Korbel School of International Studies helped transform the couple's passion into a newly established endowed fund in support of academic and scholarly exchange.

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Robert Jones and Dixie Savio-Jones

Robert "Bob" Jones (BFA '52) and Dixie Savio-Jones have many passions—art and art collecting, tennis, skiing, history, politics and international travel—complemented by their lifelong love of learning. But it was financial pragmatism that initially led them to establish a gift that pays them income at the University of Denver.

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Clayton and Christine Powers

For Clayton and Christine Powers, setting up a scholarship at the University of Denver was really about paying it forward.

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Bob and Vicki Gray

As our last living parent passed away, it occurred to us that our sun is also sinking in the western sky. Not a pleasant thought, but inevitable. As we began putting our affairs in order, we reflected on our happiness and successes over our 45 years of marriage.

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Cynthia Shaw Simonoff

I came to NY immediately upon graduation and actually missed commencement. I think the combination of being introduced to big city, cosmopolitan students as well as being nurtured in a small music department helped me to adjust to the complicated, and oftentimes overwhelming life of the city.

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John Lyons

Before graduation from high school I ran away and joined the U.S. Marine Corps. During the ensuing five years I saw much combat (Vietnam included).

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Bill Stolfus and Ann Richardson

Bill Stolfus (BSBA 1956, MBA 1964) and Ann Richardson (BA 1956) met as members of DU's concert and marching band in the fall of 1952. Today they unite in a fanfare to the institution and the art form that brought them together.

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Alyssa Yang

The University of Denver has given me incredible opportunities to become actively involved in campus organizations, engage the Denver community, and explore other cultures throughout the world.

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Ciara Fernandez

DU law school has been so incredibly welcoming. It is a special school that really believes in its students and offers countless opportunities for them to experience the real world outside of school through clinical work, externships, mock interviews and numerous student organizations.

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D.J. Close

D.J. Close found a whole new world at DU. Growing up in the small town of Durango, Colorado, D.J. always knew that he wanted to get out of the small town and experience what else was out in the world. I have a great family, one sister who goes to CSU and a mom and dad I can always count on.

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Elizabet "Liz" Covarrubias

My experience at DU was a rewarding challenge. I was able to cultivate professional development through my graduate studies and community involvement. The support and encouragement from my professors and classmates was a vital component to my success.

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Adriana Govea and Kiki Andriani

Read about two James Scholarship recipients.

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Michael McGoldrick

Michael McGoldrick's love of DU's Lamont School of Music has inspired him to devote significant time, energy and resources to supporting the transformation of Lamont into a world renowned school of music.

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Nicole Saint and Stefani Schulte

Seniors Nicole Saint (left) and Stefani Schulte help restore a mural in Little Theatre. Perched on a second-hand construction scaffold 20 feet above the stage in the Little Theatre in Margery Reed Hall are two DU seniors having the time of their lives.

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Ralph and Trish Nagel

One work of Austin Zucchini-Fowler is striking both in size and in artistry, and it would not have been possible in DU's former facilities.

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Michael "Arron" Street

So far my experience at DU has been wonderful. The community is so inspiring, the faculty and staff are professional, courteous and resourceful, and the atmosphere is the perfect place for personal development.

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