Celebrating the impact of estate giving in 2022-2023

Heritage Society
Gonzaga loves its Heritage Society members

August 11, 2023
Holly Jones (M.A. '22), University Advancement
Gonzaga is honored and grateful to have received estate gifts between June 1, 2022, and May 31, 2023, from the following alumni and friends who were inspired to leave a legacy and have an impact on the following areas: 

Buildings and Improvements

Robert L. Ferguson (’54) made a gift from his IRA to cover costs associated with the construction of the John and Joan Bollier Family Center for Integrated Science and Engineering. 

Guy J. Ossello (’60) made Gonzaga the owner and beneficiary of a life insurance policy in support of the School of Business Administration.

General Support

An unrestricted gift was made from the late Henry L. Day’s donor-advised fund in support of the Fund for Gonzaga.
Clare H. Kiefer (’49) left a gift in her will in support of the Fund for Gonzaga.

The ultimate gift received from Donald C. Pearson (’66) extends the legacy of the Pearson family as future generations of students experience Gonzaga’s distinctive Jesuit education and community thanks to his extraordinary benefaction. Don’s bequest will be designated for maximum impact on student health and well-being, on the School of Business Administration, and as a flexible and responsive fund to promote innovation and capitalize on emerging opportunities.

Proceeds from a charitable gift annuity established by Dennis (’63) and Kathryn Richardson were used to support the greatest needs of students and the University.

An unrestricted gift from the Estate of James R. Walker (’70) and Carole Walker was immediately put to good use in support of students.

Scholarships – Annual

A gift for the Zag Scholarship Fund was received from the Estate of Robert A. Milliken (’67).

Scholarships – Endowed

David L. Hattrick (’62) made Gonzaga the beneficiary of his IRA for the benefit of the General Endowed Scholarship supporting students in perpetuity.

The Don and Dr. Terri McKenzie Endowed Scholarship for religious studies was established with proceeds from Theresa McKenzie’s (’87) life insurance policy.

By listing Gonzaga as a beneficiary of her retirement assets, Elaine Myers (’58) provided her ultimate gift of support to the Elaine [Morris] Myers and Patrick Morris Endowed Scholarship, further helping engineering and accounting students in need.

A gift from the Estate of John (’43) and Frances Nitkey was directed to the John W. and Frances [Fagan] Nitkey Endowed Scholarship in support of accounting and nursing students.

Proceeds from a charitable gift annuity established by Charlie J. O’Connor (’49) were added to the Charlie and Doris O'Connor Endowed Scholarship for worthy students in need of financial assistance.

The Aleck M. and Mary M. Ripple Memorial Endowed Scholarship received proceeds from a charitable gift annuity established by Dr. Harold L. Ripple (’56). This scholarship, in honor of his parents, supports students with financial need.

You are our Heritage. Your Legacy is our future.

For a complete listing of the 2022-23 Heritage Society Honor Roll, visit gonzaga.edu/honorroll.

Please inform us of any errors or omissions.

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