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Dr. Gary Cook
Your Legacy Could Change Many Lives

By Dr. Gary Cook, President

Recently while walking from one meeting to another on campus, I stopped to say hello to a young student who was mowing the grass. I had never met him before, and I asked him about his classes and how things were going. He told me he was a ministerial student and that everything was going just fine.

Two days later, the young ministerial student showed up in my office to truthfully tell me how things were really going. He loves Dallas Baptist University, but he was having a terrible time paying his college bills. He had wanted to live in the dorm, but it was much cheaper to live at home. His parents were helping him as much as they could, and he was working diligently on the grounds crew to make money to pay his bills.

He asked if I could help. I asked him to pray that God would touch some of our donors to give scholarship funds in the next few weeks, and I would share these with him.

Well, God answered his prayers, and this fine young man has received some greatly needed financial support. He will remember how God answered his prayer as long as he lives.


One morning in 1888, Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite, awoke to read his own obituary. The obituary was printed as a result of a simple journalistic error. His brother had died, and a French reporter carelessly reported the death of the wrong brother. Any man would be disturbed under the circumstances, but to Alfred Nobel the shock was overwhelming.

Alfred Nobel saw himself as the world saw him—the great industrialist who had made an immense fortune from explosives. This, as far as the public knew, was the entire purpose of his life. None of his true intentions were recognized or given serious consideration. He was quite simply a merchant of death, and for that alone he would be remembered.

As he read the obituary with horror, Alfred Nobel resolved to make clear to the world the true meaning and purpose of his life. This could be done through the final disposition of his fortune.

His last will and testament would be the expression of his life's ideals. The result was the creation of the most valued prizes given annually on an international basis—the Nobel Prizes.

What will your legacy be? Perhaps you could make a significant difference in the lives of future generations of young people who would like to have a Christian education at Dallas Baptist University. Perhaps you could help with one of our building programs or create a scholarship fund that could give young people the opportunity of a lifetime.|

What will your legacy be?

You can join the DBU Legacy Society and help assure the future of DBU by several methods of giving: including DBU in your will, establishing a remainder interest gift, providing a gift of income for a specific time, creating a charitable remainder unitrust, or providing a gift annuity.


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The information in this publication is not intended as legal advice. For legal advice, please consult an attorney. Figures cited in examples are for hypothetical purposes only and are subject to change. References to estate and income tax include federal taxes only. Individual state taxes and/or state law may impact your results.



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