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Emma Anderson
Emma Anderson, who lived to be 92, devoted decades of her life to SCU's Catala Club.
Emma Anderson: Santa Clara Through and Through

Emma Anderson, a lifelong resident of Santa Clara, gave back to the community throughout her 92 years both personally and professionally. Married to Jack Anderson for more than 40 years, Emma kept the books for their business, Globe Printing Company, well known for printing tickets for concert venues and sports teams, including her beloved Giants.

After her husband's death in 1989, Emma ran Globe for eight years before retiring. It was then that she became very involved in SCU's Catala Club, an organization for women to help further Santa Clara University's educational mission. Through her involvement, she learned about the financial needs of current students.

"The students were always her focus," says Bill Sheehan, who is now retired but previously oversaw planned giving at SCU.

While still with us, Emma made a charitable gift to the university called a charitable gift annuity that provided her with a steady income during her lifetime. After she passed away in March 2012, the remainder of her gift annuity became the Emma Shane Anderson Endowed Scholarship Fund to fund student scholarships for Catala.

This March, Catala will be honoring Emma's life and enthusiasm for Santa Clara's students. Last year, Catala also dedicated its annual fashion show to Emma.

From a marriage in Saint Clare's Church presided over by the late Wilfred Crowley, S.J., to running a local business to her charitable giving, Emma's life was deeply intertwined with her hometown – and her legacy will continue on through the Santa Clara alumni who were able to attend college thanks to her support.

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For more information about charitable gift annuities or other ways to support SCU students, please contact Liz Gallegos Glynn, CFRE or Megan Mills at 408 554-2108 or

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