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Donor Stories

Donor Stories

Explore the many benefits of charitable gift planning and learn how others have made an impact through planned gifts for Lamar University.

  • You're Never Too Young to Start Giving Back
    You're Never Too Young to Start Giving Back
    Christi L. Grudier ('10) has designated the Lamar University Foundation as a beneficiary of a universal life insurance policy with funds ultimately going to an endowed...
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  • The Definition of Success is Helping to Educate Others
    The Definition of Success is Helping to Educate Others
    Bill Urquhart '74 graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lamar University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and was the co-valedictorian. He was very...
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  • Endowing a Scholarship for English Majors
    Endowing a Scholarship for English Majors
    Dr. Charles Gongre was born in and grew up in Orange, Texas. After graduating from St. Mary's High School, he commuted four years to Lamar State College of Technology...
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  • A Planned Gift to Support a Passion for the Fine Arts
    A Planned Gift to Support a Passion for the Fine Arts
    Cynthia H. Fontenot '72 has designated Lamar University Foundation, Inc. as a beneficiary in her will to create an endowment for the benefit of Lamar University...
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  • Giving Back with an Endowed Scholarship for the JoAnne Gay Dishman School of Nursing
    Giving Back with an Endowed Scholarship for the JoAnne Gay Dishman School of Nursing
    Lamar University alumna, Jane C. K. Fitch, MD retired in 2019 from a successful career as a physician, teacher, administrator, and advocate. She credits the success of...
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  • Leaving a Legacy for the JoAnne Gay Dishman School of Nursing
    Leaving a Legacy for the JoAnne Gay Dishman School of Nursing
    Lamar University JoAnne Gay Dishman School of Nursing alumna Harriet Miller Jones (class of 1978) and her husband Dr. Terry Randall Jones, a retired cardiovascular surgeon, both dedicated...
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  • Tax-Efficient Giving With IRAs
    Tax-Efficient Giving With IRAs
    Although Floyd and Patti McSpadden are not Lamar University alumni, both instead having graduated from Southwestern University, they have had strong ties to Lamar for...
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  • Making a Difference with Life Insurance
    Making a Difference with Life Insurance
    Charlotte Jungen's background as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional keeps her constantly in planning mode and had her thinking about her own legacy before her 40ᵗʰ birthday.
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  • Dedication to the Success of Students
    Dedication to the Success of Students
    Myrna and Milton Dunnam wanted to ensure the continued strength of her alma mater, so they named Lamar University as a major beneficiary of their estate.
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  • Enhancing Learning in Geology Field Study
    Enhancing Learning in Geology Field Study
    Gerald "Jerry" and Bulinda Ebanks have supported Lamar University's geology department for many years by providing funds that help enhance student learning experiences through participation in geology field study.
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  • Making an Impact with Deferred Giving
    Making an Impact with Deferred Giving
    Randy E. Trahan did not attend classes at Lamar University, but he is still a member of the LU family.
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  • Blending Annual Giving with a Planned Gift to Extend the Impact of Philanthropy
    Blending Annual Giving with a Planned Gift to Extend the Impact of Philanthropy
    During the fall of 2019, Edwin E. Vallery, class of 1979 established the Edwin E. Vallery Scholarship in Business.
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