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The Claflin Society


The Claflin Society pays tribute to all alumni and friends of Boston University who have provided for the University in their estate plans or through the establishment of life income gifts. The society was founded by Elsbeth Melville (CAS'25), Dean of women emerita, and named for Boston University founder Lee Claflin.

Since the founding of the Claflin Society in 1985, dozens of alumni and friends have joined the society each year, so that membership in 2013 stands at over 800 individuals.

Benefits of Membership

  • Certificate of Appreciation signed by President Robert A. Brown
  • Invitation to an annual spring luncheon on campus
  • Invitation to an afternoon tea with First Lady, Dr. Beverly A. Brown
  • Invitation to select regional alumni events

Qualifications for Membership
Gift commitments include:

  • A bequest in a will or living trust
  • Designating Boston University the beneficiary of a retirement plan or life insurance policy
  • A charitable remainder trust
  • A charitable lead trust
  • A charitable gift annuity
  • A remainder interest gift of a home or other property
Please check out the photo's from this year's Claflin Society Luncheon.



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