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Barbara Ambuske Sadowski ’62, G’69 and Robert Sadowski G’69: Dedicated to Education

Barbara Ambuske Sadowski and Robert Sadowski

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.

Allen Berger ’57, G’66: Remembering the Past With Gratitude

Allen Berger

Allen Berger ’57, G’66 has always been a strong proponent of the written word, and of sharing the joys of reading with others. For several years, he taught high school English and reading, then he was offered the opportunity to earn a doctorate in education from Syracuse University. Learn about his time at Syracuse University and why he chose to establish a scholarship in honor of his parents.

John N. Brogard ’62: Engineering a Dream

John N. Brogard

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 ’50: Made a Difference in Her Lifetime

Sara Jane Caum

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 (Smith) Dean ’61 and John Dean ’59: It’s All About Tradition

Janet and John Dean

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.

Jeralyn Delisi Lowe ’64, G’65: Giving Now and in the Future

Jeralyn Delisi Lowe

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.

Harry der Boghosian ’54: A Sister’s Tribute

Harry der Boghosian

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.

Corinna DiStefano ’38, G’39: The Gift of Opportunity

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 G’49: Sharing a Commitment to Public Service

Audrey Fertig Friedland

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: Inspiring Future Generations

Danny Heumann

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.

Philip Huttar ’54: The Legacy of a Changed Life

Philip Huttar

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.

Dorothea Ilgen Shaffer ’33, H’90: For the Love of Art

Dorothea Ilgen Shaffer

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.

Claire and Richard ’43 Kleinhans: Inciting Excellence On and Off the Field

Claire and Richard Kleinhans

Advancing excellence on the field and in the classroom is at the heart of an endowed scholarship fund created by Claire Kleinhans. The fund gives a shot at success to the next generation of Syracuse superstars by annually supporting a student athlete from any one of Syracuse’s 16 varsity teams. See how she and her husband, Dick, are making an impact for future generations of Syracuse University students.

Catherine Long Glendening ’38: A Win-Win Situation

Catherine Long Glendening

Catherine Long Glendening ’38 had always given to SU over the years, but in honor of her 80th birthday in 1997, she wanted to do something special. To celebrate, she established a $100,000 gift annuity to support the Catherine Long Glendening Endowed Scholarship Fund. See how Catherine’s legacy grew when her husband established an additional gift annuity in her honor.

Pat ’64, G’66 and Lou ’61, G’62 Mautino: Sharing Their ‘Forever Orange’ Spirit

Pat and Lou Mautino

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 ’69 and Joan ’71 Nicholson: Supporting Syracuse’s Continued Success

Dr. Jack and Joan Nicholson

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.

Cora Parsons ’68: Caring for the Syracuse University Family

Cora Parsons

The master’s degree Cora Parsons ’68 (EDU) received from Syracuse University allowed her to nurture the lives of students for 19 years as a guidance counselor. Her bequest to Syracuse will help to provide for future students whose dream is to attend college. Learn how she is making others’ dreams come true at Syracuse University.

James and Claire Probert ’49 Hassett: A Kindness Remembered

James and Claire Probert Hassett

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.

Earl Simmons ’49: Giving Back in Gratitude

Earl Simmons

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.

David Wishart ’07: Making a Difference Today—and Tomorrow

David Wishart

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 ’50: An Enduring Journey of Commitment

H.B. Yin

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.

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