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Donor Stories

Dr. Michael Apuzzo (MED '65) credits his time at Boston University School of Medicine with preparing him to embark on a successful career in neurosurgery.


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Karen Kullas (ENG '77) made a decision after reflecting on her career success since graduating from BU, "BU took care of me, so now it's my turn to take care of BU."

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Donna (BUSM '65) and Doug (BUSM '65) Barnard have been loyal supporters of the School for almost four decades. Recently, they extended their support by creating a charitable remainder unitrust to benefit the new student residence on campus.

Charitable Remainder Unitrust

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Diana (CAS '56) and Ernest (CAS '55) Geigis met at a mixer two weeks into Diana's freshman year at BU and married a week after her graduation in Marsh Chapel. The couple celebrated their 50th reunion by creating planned gifts to benefit BU.

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For Susan Leeman, PhD., growing up the daughter of Russian immigrants in the 1940s meant that after college, she would marry and start a family. Instead, she saw a different future for herself—which eventually led her to become a professor in the department of pharmacology at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM).

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Boston University professor Ted Fritz believes in leading by example. Ted is a role model for students in the Boston University Student-satellite for Applications and Training, and has recently made students the focus of three generous gifts through his IRA.

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For John Connery (CAS'69), it all started in 1965 when he stepped off a B Line train and a College of Liberal Arts (CLA) professor offered him cup of coffee. "I wasn't allowed to have coffee at home; I was considered too young," he says. "It was the first time someone treated me like an adult. I came home and I said, 'I'm going to BU'—and I never regretted my decision."


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"BU had a place in my life and helped me in my career. That BU degree opened a lot of doors," Al Petras (CAS'78) says. "I felt it was important to make a legacy gift."


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Robert E. Schiesske (MET '78, GSM '82) decided to honor his parents through establishing personally meaningful gifts. His bequests will fund a stroke fellowship named for his mother, Alice and a geriatric fellowship named for his father, Victor at BUSM.


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As a mother, teacher, and wife of a retired professor, Beverly Abegg (CFA'64, GRS'68) understands the cost of a good education. She decided to support financial aid at BU so that others can experience the same moment of amazement and relief she did when she learned of her own scholarship.


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Annamarie Hayes-Eggert (CAS '47, GRS '48, SED '78) wanted to make a gift to a program that embodied her love of nature. Establishing a charitable gift annuity allowed her to support such a program at CAS that brings students to the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in Ecuador.

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After retiring, Dr. Roberta Apfel, (MED'62, MED'62) realized "A charitable gift annuity seemed like a win-win situation. We could give a gift and still receive some additional income." Dr. Apfel's charitable gift annuity will eventually support new housing for medical students.

Charitable Gift Annuity

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Dr. Burton Golub (MED '65) hopes to help future medical students join him in his noble profession by teaching and supporting financial aid at BUSM through establishing a charitable gift annuity. "I was grateful for the kind of generosity and education that I received."

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When Joy Rohman lost her husband Michael (MED'50) suddenly, she decided to use a charitable IRA rollover to create a scholarship fund at the BUSM in Michael's name. "What better way to commemorate his life than contributing to a program that will assist another surgical student?"

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Honoring his beloved late wife, Ginger, Albert Ghassemian established The Virginia and Albert Melik Ghassemian, M.D. Endowed Scholarship Fund through the use of a charitable gift annuity and amplified the significant strength of the fund with an additional gift of real estate.

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George Hansen (SMG'41) funded the James Fawcett Scholarship as a tribute to his Accounting 101 professor, who helped him find a job in the school's accounting office to help pay for his education. Hansen now understands that you don't have to be a millionaire to make a gift that meets your philanthropic goals.

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Margaret J. Early (PAL'45, GRS'48, SED'54) was passionate about teaching and devoted her life to advancing the field of literacy education. Though her will, Margaret generously arranged for $50,000 to be transferred every year from a trust to BU to fund the Margaret and John Early Scholarship at the School of Education.


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Lara Vincent (CAS'95) was an ambitious, imaginative spirit. Her early tragic death prompted the founding of an undergraduate scholarship award in her honor. Her parents, Lee and Sue, decided to leave a bequest in their will to will ensure that, even after they are gone, the award will continue and keep Lara's memory alive.


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Esther Hopkins (CAS'47) understands the importance of a great education—a value instilled by her parents. When her parents left her their house, she established a charitable gift annuity that will fund awards, made in her parents' names, to members of underrepresented minorities studying science and technology.

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Ernestine O'Connell (CAS'43, GRS'46, SED'58) demonstrated her enduring affection for BU in a characteristically dramatic way by providing the largest gift to a scholarship fund in the University's history.


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Robin (CFA'66) and Robert Margeson found an opportunity to honor their passion for music and overcome tax hurdles associated with their highly appreciated stock holdings through a charitable remainder unitrust. The trust will create a scholarship fund for BU students who share their dedication to Baroque music.

Charitable Remainder Unitrust

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When Bob Schacht (LAW'61) knew he would no longer use the Duxbury, Massachusetts, vacation home he shared with his two daughters, he decided to fund a charitable remainder unitrust using the house, which had increased in value by more than 45 times. "I was facing big capital gains, and I saw it as an opportunity to hasten my retirement," he explains.

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