Inspiring Donor Profiles:
- The Grahns and Gertrude Tingelstad '39
- Vern Hance '53
- Paul Larson '38
- Shirley (Coleman '71, '78, '96) and Travis Aiken
- David Wolbrecht '05
- Nancy '79, Bob and Delores Meader
- Dick and Marcia Moe
- Ron and Anne Gintz '70
- Anne Cary
Clarence and Olga Grahn
Giving to PLU through estate planning is one way supporters help university
funds grow. Olga Grahn and her husband, Clarence, were early leaders in Q
Club, truly set a trend as they generously established one of the first charitable
trusts at PLU in 1977. Their two daughters and numerous grandchildren attended
PLU, so they knew the importance of education and made provisions for the
university in their estates. Clarence died in 1985, and Olga remained a dedicated
donor to the university until her death in July.
Gertrude Tingelstad 39 is another shining example of providing for PLU even after her death. An employee of the PLU library, Tingelstad came from a strong PLU family including her uncle, Oscar A. Tingelstad, who was university president from 1928 to 1943. Two funds were established following her deatha scholarship and a loan fundwith gifts her estate left to PLU.
Carol and Vern '53 Hance
Graduate says giving back builds character
Vern Hance 53 credits the words on back of an old Pacific Lutheran
College sign for guiding his life. "Build for Character," it said.
A relative of PLUs first president, Bjug Harstad, Hance feels his life
has always been touched by the universitys heritage.
After graduating from PLU with a business degree, Hance joined the military,
earned a degree in mechanical engineering and then worked for many years in
research at Chevron. To plan for the future, he opted for a frugal life.
"I feel that I have been blessed," he said of his contributions to the university, including many years as a Q Club donor. "I wanted to do something to further the building of character."
Paul Larson dedicated life to PLU and Q Club
Paul Larson 38 embodied PLU. From his birth in Harstad Hall to his graduation in 1938, from his service as a university employee, until his death earlier this year, Larson dedicated himself to the university.
Larson supported PLU in various ways, but he is most associated with Q Club.
He was invited to join the club as a charter member when it was founded in
1972 and went on to serve as Q Club director for 10 years until 2000. He
was a top recruiter and received the 2000 Presidents Award.
Up until his death, Larson remained active with Q Club, making phone calls to churches and alumni. Shortly after his retirement Larson said, "I have been around PLU all my life and the university is important to me. After I retired, I had the opportunity to help, especially in the contacts I have made throughout my life. I have enjoyed being able to help out."
The Aiken Family, from left: Travis, Shirley '71,'78, '96, Crystal '97 and Phillip.
Shirley Aiken (Coleman 71,78,96), a 28-year veteran professor of nursing, called development director Monica Hurley 94 the day after Aikens husband died suddenly. "Travis would not want flowers, but would want something good done in his name," she told Hurley, "Let's talk about a scholarship."
Shirley and Travis believed in planning for the future and discussed how they would want to be remembered. Hundreds of friends, neighbors and family were immediately notified that in lieu of flowers and gifts that money was to be sent to support a scholarship for students of color studying nursing at PLU.
Aiken, who got her BA, MAE and MSN degrees from PLU, is grateful for all the help provided by the development office. There have already been enough contributions to the fund to support an endowed Q Club scholarship in Travis name. "Having graduated from PLU, I know how much scholarships help," Aiken said.
It is not every day that a PLU student is also a donor to the university.
David Wolbrecht 05, an ultimate Frisbee enthusiast and a member of Choir
of the West, is an exception.
Because of the financial assistance he received, the Regents Scholar decided to give the $1,000 to Q Club. After receiving $1000 additional aid in his financial package, Wolbrecht opted to give back the money he didnt need. "I get so much out of the college experience," he said, "I just wanted to help someone else." He has set a standard for himself that he hopes to continue as a donor for years to come.
Nancy '79, Bob and Delores Meader
Graduates passion lives on through international scholarship
After Nancy Meader died in November 2000, her parents wanted to ensure that
her memory would live on, so they created the Nancy Meader International Scholarship.
Shortly after she graduated, Nancy earned a masters degree in developmental
psychology from the University of Manchester (England) as a Rotary Scholar.
She was a manager of training at the U.S. Environmental Training Institute,
a member of the Friends of the National Symphony Orchestra and the National
Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., and she volunteered with Habitat
Nancys international ties and interests inspired her parents, Bob and
Delores Meader. "As time passed we realized thats how we would
want to make a permanent remembrance to Nancy," Delores said.
The Office of Development at PLU was invaluable in connecting the family
with the Wang Center as part of the scholarship and making the process simple.
"We are quietly pleased, grateful," she said.
Not only is the memorial a way to honor their daughter, the Meaders feel strongly about investing in the future. "Investing in young people is the best use of resources you can make." Bob Meader said.
Marcia and Dick Moe
The many donations of Dick and Marcia Moe can be heard throughout PLU.
Thanks to a generous endowment, this year the Richard D. Moe Concert Series
will be presented on the Fuchs Organ in Lagerquist Hall every fall. Richards
sister-in-law, Ann Stephanson-Moe, presented the inaugural concert of the
series over Homecoming weekend.
Dick is emeritus dean of the School of the Arts. His love for the arts is
reflected in other ways as well. Forest Foundation Scholarships provided in
his name are given annually to students studying the arts. Many years ago,
he donated money to create the Lila Moe Memorial Scholarship, named after
Dicks first wife who died in 1977. It goes annually to a female returning
student studying the arts.
The Eastvold renovation is intrinsically tied to the Moes as well. They are co-chairs of the fund-raising committee and have made a generous donation toward remodeling.
Ingrid and Ron Gintz (both '70)
They are known as successful business people, but Ron and Ingrid Gintz (both
70) are more often referred to as volunteers and philanthropists.
The couple provides constant support to the PLU community and in their own
Federal Way community, where they have opened their home to troubled teens
and exchange students.
Now, they are arts supporters who envision the Gintz Family Theatre in the new Eastvold Auditorium. As primary donors, the family will see their vision become a reality when the Eastvold remodel is complete. This will be the first time that a "black box" style theatre of this quality will be available to the program and a meaningful contribution to the future for students at the university.
PLU students headed for careers in science spend a great deal of time researching
and preparing for graduate study in their field of interest. One PLU donor
hopes her recent contribution will encourage those research pursuits.
Anne Cary, a local woman that now resides at Tacoma Lutheran Home, gave an
essential gift to fulfill a challenge grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable
Trust for the Natural Sciences Research Endowment. The fund provides dedicated
students and faculty with valuable dollars that aid in summer projects.
Cary appreciates what PLU has done as an institution and is impressed with its graduates. When her daughter Helen, a medical technologist, died, the elder Cary wanted to find a way to support the field of medicine in honor of her daughter. The money she gave to the challenge now makes up a scholarship for a junior or senior student pursuing a career in medicine.