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Kurt and Kathleen Jaeger
Kurt and Kathleen Jaeger
Planned Giving: A Solution That Advances the Future

What Kurt Jaeger most attributes to his education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is his ability to solve problems. "Throughout the Rensselaer curriculum, what they really teach you is how to solve practical real-life problems, and they give you the skills to do it," Kurt says. In gratitude for these invaluable skills, Kurt has planned a gift through his estate to help future generations of Rensselaer students become real-world problem-solvers.

Awarded the Rensselaer Medal for his stellar achievements in math and science in high school, Kurt pursued his love for computer programming at Rensselaer, where he earned his bachelor's (1980) and master's (1983) degrees in computer science. Kurt's other passions at Rensselaer were music and theater. Minoring in music, he played the violin in the orchestra, booked entertainment acts for Mother's Wine Emporium and was an active member of the RPI Players. Since graduation, Kurt's visits to campus have always included a theater event.

As an alumnus, Kurt served as treasurer of a local Rensselaer alumni chapter and worked with its scholarship program. "I got to talk to extraordinary young people," recalls Kurt, who is always looking for ways to ensure that bright students are afforded the outstanding education at Rensselaer that he received.

Today Kurt is an application architect for Verizon Communications. Both Kurt and his wife, Kathleen, are strong advocates for education and have designated portions of their estate to their alma maters. "Education is fundamental to our civilization," Kurt explains. "The advancement of knowledge, science, culture and the ability to get along with and understand each other—the foundation of all of that is education."

Almost immediately after graduation, Kurt began contributing to Rensselaer's Annual Fund. He also has included a bequest for the Institute in his will and has named Rensselaer as a contingent beneficiary of some of his retirement accounts. Kurt and Kathleen both attribute much of their good fortune to education and feel strongly about the need to support it so that others can experience that same benefit.

"Rensselaer was hugely important in my life," says Kurt. "It gave me the start I needed to be successful and happy in my career. I have more than I need, but there are so many people that don't [have what they need], and I feel I should do what I can to help them. Empowering them to take care of themselves through education is one way I can do this."

Kurt's legacy will shape the future for the better by helping educate future generations of students at Rensselaer.

Rensselaer graduates have been applying science to the common purposes of life since 1824. You can become a legacy partner with us in this vision by making a gift through your estate. Please contact us today to discuss the different ways you can make an enduring gift.



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