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W&L Stories

People like you have made transformative gifts to W&L using a variety of planned giving options. Read some of our shared W&L stories while you consider your own legacy.


Artful Philanthropy

Honoring their shared passion for the arts, Susan and Joe Burkart '64 established the Joseph and Susan Burkart Visiting Lectureship in the Arts Endowment using a charitable remainder trust (CRUT). "When it came time for my 50th reunion, we knew we wanted to support the arts at Washington and Lee," Joe Burkart reflected. "The CRUT we set up then has worked out beautifully." The endowment enables visiting artists and art historians to enrich arts education at W&L.

Celebrating a Milestone, Making a Difference

Richard McKim “Kim” Preston '69, '76L served on his 50th reunion committee and celebrated with his undergraduate classmates in spring 2019. Together they made W&L history by contributing the largest reunion class gift to date.

Sharing the Benefits of Travel

On the occasion of his 50th reunion, Dr. Gil Smith '68 endowed the H. Gilbert Smith, Ph.D. '68 Science Endowment to support and encourage foreign research and educational opportunities for W&L science majors. "For our students, this kind of experience is transformational as they begin to feel a part of the greater scientific community," Washington and Lee's John T. Perry Professor of Biology and Research Science Helen I'Anson said.

It's a Win-Win:The IRA Charitable Rollover

Dr. Robert (Bob) L. Holt '67 leveraged the IRA Charitable Rollover provision to establish an endowment on the occasion of his 50th reunion that honors two admired W&L mentors, the late Chemistry Professor Keith Shillington and History Professor and friend Ted DeLaney.

Supporting the Humanities

Roy Matthews ’54 had a fruitful career as an educator. After graduating from W&L in with a degree in history, Roy earned a master or arts from Duke and a Ph.D. from UNC Chapel Hill. He ultimately spent 31 years at Michigan State University, teaching in the Department of Humanities and later the Department of History.