Brian Abel Ragen *87, a professor of English at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for 25 years until his retirement in 2013, believes that rigorous study in the humanities benefits everyone, regardless of career path. To reinforce his commitment to education, he created two graduate fellowships in English at Princeton and named the University as a beneficiary in his will.
When Harvard alumnus Jim Posner was choosing a graduate school, he decided on Princeton because “Princeton was flexible, welcoming, and encouraged individual goals.” It is the same flexibility and attention to individual circumstances that Posner found in Princeton’s Office of Gift Planning when he sought a way to show his “great appreciation” to the University.
Paul Sittenfeld ’69’s commitment to education inspires him to help others have the same experience. He and his wife, Betsy, created a Princeton charitable lead trust to further strengthen University bonds and assist their family.
The Class of 1963’s Reunion jacket proudly sports its members’ nearly 700 names and the year they graduated—the same year Beatlemania began, President John F. Kennedy delivered his “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech, and rotary phones gave way to space-age, push-button models.
Remembrance is important to Herb Hobler '44. It led him to create two charitable remainder unitrusts at the University. “I want my name remembered at Princeton, which I strongly support with a belief and faith carried on by an annual gift,” he said.
More than 118 years after arriving on campus, the Class of 1898 continues to give back to Princeton. Although no member of the class has marched in the Reunions P-rade for decades, trusts and bequests created by these far-sighted Princetonians have contributed $750,000 to this year’s Annual Giving campaign.