Rosemarie Nelson '90 and Tim Nelson '72 were among the more than 50,000 fans cheering on the Syracuse University football team on Sept. 20, 1980, during the first game inside the new Carrier Dome. Learn more about the Nelsons.
John N. Brogard’s lifelong dream of becoming an engineer became a reality when he was accepted as a student at Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. The first person in his family to attend college, John is grateful to SU for the chance to achieve his dream—and has taken steps to help others reach their career goals. Read how he is giving back to Syracuse University.
Sara Jane Caum’s life was dedicated to helping students reach their educational goals. After beginning as a high school English teacher, she went on to further study, then launched a long and distinguished career as a high school guidance counselor. Today, Sara Jane’s legacy lives on through an unrestricted bequest supporting Syracuse University’s most critical and pressing needs. Read about the impact she had at Syracuse University.
Janet Kay Smith ’61 was the featured twirler—and only female—in the Syracuse University Marching Band. John Dean ’59 played clarinet in the band. Their college romance led to more than 50 years of marriage. The Deans—both of whom depended on scholarships to help finance their college educations—credit Syracuse University with much of their success. Inspired to give today’s students the same opportunity, they have established two scholarships. Read why they hope others will join them in supporting the featured twirler position.
Through the years, Jeralyn Delisi Lowe ’64, G’65 has given back to Syracuse University. Recently, she decided to donate a larger amount to the School of Social Work, providing an unrestricted gift in her trust. Jeralyn encourages other alumni to give to the University, during their lifetimes and in their trusts and wills. Read how she is giving back to Syracuse University today and tomorrow.
Syracuse native Harry der Boghosian ’54, a graduate of the Syracuse University School of Architecture, was an accomplished architect, watercolor artist and world-traveling photographer. Harry’s four sisters also attended Syracuse University, and when Harry passed away, his surviving sister, Paula ’64, sought a way to commemorate his life. She decided to use funds from his estate for a gift to the School of Architecture, in his honor. Read about Harry’s life and how the fellowship will benefit the school and its students.
The late Corinna DiStefano ’38, G’39 attended Syracuse University on a scholarship and knew firsthand the financial barriers to earning a college degree. She acted on her strong belief that higher education should be accessible to all students by designating a portion of her estate to establish the Corinna DiStefano Opportunity Grant at Syracuse University. Read more about Corinna’s legacy at Syracuse University.
Audrey Fertig Friedland’s Syracuse University experience opened her eyes to the rest of the world and was a springboard to a career in public service. Grateful for the education she received, Audrey has established charitable gift annuities that will provide students with the same opportunity. Read about the impact Audrey is making.
Danny Heumann ’91 is an inspiration to all those whose lives he touches. As the result of a car accident, Danny was paralyzed two weeks before he began his freshman year but showed unwavering resolve in attending Syracuse. He now teaches others as a motivational speaker. See how Danny is giving back to Syracuse University.
As a high school student, Philip B. Huttar knew that if he wanted to attend college, he would have to earn the money to pay for it. Fortunately, his skill as a debater led to a full scholarship at Syracuse University. He made the most of the opportunity, going on to a successful, 23-year career with General Motors. Through a generous bequest in his will, he established the Philip B. Huttar Endowed Scholarship Fund. Learn more about Philip’s legacy.
A lifelong supporter of Syracuse University, Dorothea Ilgen Shaffer ’33, H’90 served on the Board of Trustees and upon her retirement from the Board was named an honorary trustee. Through a bequest in her will, the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) received $19.8 million, the largest single gift in the college’s history. Previously, she and her husband, Maurice, provided the $3.25 million lead gift for the construction of the Dorothea Ilgen Shaffer Art Building. Read more about Dorothea and her gift that will impact the lives of art students today...and in the future.
Throughout her career in public education, Patricia Mautino ’64, G’66 witnessed young talent and identified personally with students who needed financial aid to pursue their educational goals. Her husband, Louis Mautino ’61, G’62, attended SU on an athletic scholarship and went on to be a business owner in the building industry. Together, they are committed to helping young people prepare for successful lives and feel privileged to share their “Forever Orange" spirit with future generations. Read how the Mautinos created an everlasting legacy at Syracuse University.
Dr. Jack Nicholson ’69 (A&S) and wife Joan ’71 (A&S), ’89 (HD) have long been thinking about the future of Syracuse University, as they have planned on making a substantial gift since their graduation. They recently decided this gift would be a paid-up life insurance policy that will help to fund undergraduate research in the life sciences. Read about the impact Syracuse University had on their lives.
Claire Probert ’49 was a young engineering student at Syracuse University when she learned that her beloved father was seriously ill. Without money to travel home, she thought she would have to drop out of school to help with his care—until the dean of Hendricks Chapel made sure she had the train tickets she needed. After her death, Claire’s husband established the Hassett Fund in her memory, providing the resources to help students facing emergency situations. Learn more about the Hassetts.
Dr. Michael and Rissa Ratner '64 believe in helping others and giving back. The Ratners are SU Pathfinders—donors who make a gift to the University through their estate or financial plan. Learn more about the Ratners.
After meeting as graduate student resident advisors at Syracuse University, Barbara Ambuske Sadowski ’62, G’69 and Robert Sadowski G’69 went on to successful careers in education. Now retired, they have made plans for giving tomorrow’s students the same educational opportunities they enjoyed. Read about their belief in philanthropy and Syracuse University.
Like many young adults, Earl Simmons ’49 (VPA) dreamed of attending college but lacked the resources to realize his ambition. His fortunes changed when he heard about the GI Bill while serving in the armed forces during World War II. He took advantage of this opportunity along with 10,000 other GIs who changed the face of the Syracuse campus overnight. To give back, he recently established a charitable gift annuity with the University that will yielding a guaranteed income stream for the rest of his life. See how Syracuse University made a difference in Earl’s life.
As a Syracuse University employee, David Wishart ’07 is well aware that many students depend on the generosity of donors to fund their college education. And as a donor himself, David has experienced firsthand the feeling of satisfaction that comes from helping students achieve their goal of a Syracuse degree. Read why David is motivated to give back to Syracuse University.
H.B. Yin graduated from Syracuse University in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. His connection to the University was so strong that during his lifetime, he created two charitable gift annuities that would eventually endow a scholarship fund for engineering students. His estate bequest created a second endowed scholarship fund, also to benefit engineering students. In total, his gifts to the University amount to more than $2 million. Read about the role Syracuse University played in his journey to success.