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We thank you for your gifts, given because of your belief in the University and the education it has provided and continues to provide for generations of young people. Your generosity ensures a bright future for the University and instills the meaning of philanthropy in today’s students. Here are just a few stories of the many alumni and friends who are carrying on our great tradition of giving.

Barbara Ambuske Sadowski 62, G69 and Robert Sadowski G69: Dedicated to Education

After meeting as graduate student resident advisors at Syracuse University, Barbara Ambuske Sadowski 62, G69 and Robert Sadowski G69 went on to successful careers in education. Both of them earned doctorates, taught in many schools and colleges, and credit their experiences at Syracuse University with having a positive impact on their lives. Now retired, they have made plans for giving tomorrows students the same educational opportunities they enjoyed. Barbara has funded a scholarship to benefit mathematics education majors, with preference for those whose parents did not attend college. Roberts scholarship support is for Newhouse students studying radio-television-film and communication research. Hear them talk about their belief in philanthropy and Syracuse University.

Dorothea Ilgen Shaffer '33, H'90: For the love of art

Born in Eastern Pennsylvania's rough-hewn Coal Region, Dorothea Ilgen Shaffer '33, H'90 grew up in a Masonic Children's Home in Elizabethtown, Pa. After high school, she earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Syracuse University, and a master's degree from Penn State. She worked as a public school art teacher and founded Ilco, a commercial interior design firm. Shaffer and her lawyer-husband, Maurice, longtime donors to Syracuse University, provided the $3.25 million lead gift for the construction of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Dorothea Ilgen Shaffer Art Building.

A lifelong supporter of the University, Shaffer served on Syracuse's Board of Trustees and upon her retirement from the Board was named an honorary trustee. Through a bequest in her will, VPA received $19.8 million, the largest single gift in the college's history. Read more about her and her gift that will impact the lives of art students today … and in the future.

Harry der Boghosian 54: A Sisters Tribute

Syracuse native Harry der Boghosian 54, a graduate of the Syracuse University School of Architecture, was an accomplished architect, watercolor artist, and world-traveling photographer. Harrys four sisters also attended Syracuse University and when Harry passed away, his surviving sister, Paula 64, sought a way to commemorate his life. She decided to use funds from his estate for a gift to the School of Architecture, in his honor.

The largest gift in the schools history from a living donor, the Harry der Boghosian Endowed Fellowship will have a transformative effect on the school for years to come.
Hear more about Harrys life and how the fellowship will benefit the school and its students.

Janet (Smith) Dean '61 and John Dean '59: It's All About Tradition

Janet Kay Smith '61 was the featured twirlerand only femalein the Syracuse University Marching Band, then known as "100 Men and a Girl." John Dean '59 played clarinet in the band. Their college romance led to a wedding in Hendricks Chapel, and a 50-plus-year marriage. The Deansboth of whom depended on scholarships to help finance their college educationscredit Syracuse University with much of their success.

Inspired to give today's students the same opportunity, they have established two scholarships: The Janet Kay Smith Feature Twirler Scholarship and the John Dean Endowed Lacrosse Scholarship. Hear them tell why they hope others will join them in supporting the featured twirler position.

Allen Berger '57, G'66: Remembering the Past with Gratitude

Allen Berger '57, G'66 has always been a strong proponent of the written word, and of sharing the joys of reading with others. For several years, he taught high school English and reading, then he was offered the opportunity to earn a doctorate in education from Syracuse University.

The outstanding professors at the School of Education made a huge impact on Berger's life. Hear him talk about his time at Syracuse, and why he chose to establish a scholarship in honor of his hardworking parents.

Sara Jane Caum '50: Made a Difference in Her Lifetime

Sara Jane Caum's life was dedicated to helping students reach their educational goals. After beginning as a high school English teacher, she went on to further study, then launched a long and distinguished career as a high school guidance counselor.

Today, Caum's legacy lives on through an unrestricted bequest supporting Syracuse University's most critical and pressing needs. Read more about her at

James and Claire Probert Hassett: A Kindness Remembered

Claire Probert '49 Claire Probert '49 was a young engineering student at Syracuse University when she learned that her beloved father was seriously ill. Without money to travel home, she thought she would have to drop out of school to help with his careuntil the dean of Hendricks Chapel made sure she had the train tickets she needed.

She never forgot his generosity. After her death, her husband established the Hassett Fund in her memory, providing the resources to help students facing emergency situations. Learn more about the Hassetts and Destiny Davis '15, one of the many students helped by the Hassett Fund.

Philip Huttar '54: The Legacy of a Changed Life

As a high school student, Philip B. Huttar knew that if he wanted to attend college, he would have to earn the money to pay for it. Fortunately, his skill as a debater led to a full scholarship at Syracuse University. He made the most of the opportunity, going on to a successful, 23-year career with General Motors.

A proud alum and an avid fan and supporter of the University's athletic teams, Huttar maintained a lifelong relationship with SU. Through a generous bequest in his will, he established the Philip B. Huttar Endowed Scholarship Fund. Read more about him and Meghan Durling '14, one of the scholarship's first recipients.

John N. Brogard '62: Engineering a Dream

John N. Brogard's lifelong dream of becoming an engineer became a reality when he was accepted as a student at Syracuse University's College of Engineering and Computer Science. "Studying engineering and interacting with the faculty at SU meant so much to me," says Brogard '62, a senior environmental engineer with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. "My success in becoming a licensed professional engineer, a board certified environmental engineer, and receiving the College of Engineering and Computer Science Outstanding Alumni Award can all be attributed to what I learned at SU."

Brogard credits SU with helping him fully realize his potential through a wide range of student activities and experiences, including opportunities to enjoy music, theater, and art, participate in student groups, and attend sporting events. "I have so many great SU memories, including being in the marching and ROTC bands, the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Arnold Air Society," he says. "And, of course, having the 1959 SU football team win the national championship."

The first person in his family to attend college, Brogard is grateful to SU for the chance to achieve his dream—and has taken steps to help others reach their career goals. Well aware of the high cost of higher education, his bequest will establish a scholarship fund to assist civil engineering students at College of Engineering and Computer Science. "A college education is expensive," he says. "I think it's necessary for alumni to give back to make it accessible to all qualified students, so they won't be prevented from attending SU because of lack of finances."

Corinna DiStefano '38, G'39: The Gift of Opportunity

During her long career as a high school guidance counselor, the late Corinna DiStefano '38, G'39 brought out the best in the students she advised–seeking to help each one earn a college education as a path to personal success. Attending Syracuse University on a scholarship, she knew firsthand the financial barriers to earning a college degree.

DiStefano acted on her strong belief that higher education should be accessible to all students by designating a portion of her estate to establish the Corinna DiStefano Opportunity Grant at Syracuse University. The interest on the funds she entrusted to Syracuse is being used each year to provide tuition for a deserving undergraduate student who shows good potential for college success and demonstrates financial need.

Audrey Fertig Friedland G'49: Sharing a Commitment to Public Service

In 1948, Audrey Fertig Friedland was a 20-year-old graduate of Hunter College, with a bachelor's degree in political science and a desire to see the world beyond her Bronx neighborhood. A college counselor suggested Audrey further her studies by attending Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs for a master's degree. It was an opportunity that would have a significant impact on her life.

"The course was called PA300 and it was most unusual," recalls Audrey. "All of my classmates and I were there on fellowships or scholarships. Most of the men were veterans of World War II, and we were all together in class, two hours a day, six days a week." The group took one course at a time, each of which lasted one, two, or three weeks. The instructors were employees of federal, state, and municipal governments, and were allowed to take time off for brief periods to teach the classes. Her favorite instructor was Maxwell Dean Paul Appleby, who had held several federal posts, including serving as undersecretary of agriculture in the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration. At the end of six months, the class took finals on all of the courses.

"I could not have afforded that wonderful year on my own," Audrey says. "My room and board were covered, and I lived in a small house called Bickle at 107 University Avenue. For the first time since we entered World War II, SU welcomed foreign students and there were women not only from the United States, but France, Brazil, Panama, China, and Sweden. We shared a living room and kitchen—and threw some great parties! I totally enjoyed the relationship I had with my classmates and housemates—I celebrated my 21st birthday there."

That SU experience opened her eyes to the rest of the world and was a springboard to a career in public service. "I was prepared to take every Civil Service exam I could," she says. "I wound up working in the office of the deputy undersecretary of administration at the State Department in Washington, D.C., and eventually at the Voice of America in New York City." She then held management positions in the administrative offices of the Board of Higher Education in New York City, which included designing, installing, and managing the City University of New York's computerized personnel system. She retired in 1991, after 37 years of service.

Grateful for the education she received at Syracuse University, Audrey has established charitable gift annuities that will provide students with the same opportunity. "I would like to provide the same 'leg up' to others now and in the future," she says. "I hope to give enough to provide an annual scholarship in Public Administration in the Maxwell School. The annuities represent to me a great way to insure income for the rest of my life as well as a great way of paying back what I was given."

Catherine Long Glendening '38: A Win-Win Situation

Catherine Long Glendening '38 had always given to SU over the years, but in honor of her 80th birthday in 1997, she wanted to do something special. "I want to help deserving students who hope to do something exciting in the world," she said. So she established a $100,000 gift annuity to support the Catherine Long Glendening Endowed Scholarship Fund.

When Catherine passed away, her husband, John Glendening, decided to honor his wife's memory by establishing a $200,000 gift annuity to add to her scholarship fund. As a lawyer, he knows the benefits of giving through a gift annuity. "By donating stock, I save tax dollars, received an income that's partially tax free, and have the pleasure of knowing that many SU students will have a chance to fulfill their dreams because of Catherine's scholarship," he says. "It's a win-win situation for all concerned."

Danny Heumann: Inspiring Future Generations

Danny Heumann ’91 is an inspiration to all those whose lives he touches. As the result of a car accident, Danny was paralyzed two weeks before he began his freshman year but showed unwavering resolve in attending Syracuse and now teaches others through motivational speaking. “The University stepped in and gave me reasons to live despite my situation. It was an incredible experience and this is my way of giving back.”

Though he is a young husband and father, Danny has already made a bequest that he knows will enhance the SU experience for future generations. “If it wasn’t for the University, Syracuse alums wouldn’t be the people they are today. If we can help future students reach their potential, that is what it’s all about.” He also believes that this gift will keep him closely tied to his alma mater in perpetuity. “In spirit, I still want to be part of the campus because Syracuse will always be part of my soul.”

Claire and Richard Kleinhans: Inciting Excellence On and Off the Field

Advancing excellence on the field and in the classroom is at the heart of an endowed scholarship fund created by Claire Kleinhans. The fund gives a shot at success to the next generation of SU superstars by annually supporting a student athlete from any one of SU's 16 varsity teams.

"Although I wasn't a Syracuse University graduate, my husband, Dick, graduated from SU in 1943. Through his eyes, I really saw how much his college years meant to him," Claire Kleinhans says. "I established the Richard C. and Claire B. Kleinhans Athletic Scholarship to give other young people the same opportunity to receive a wonderful education while participating in sports they love. My husband was so proud of his years at Syracuse, and I'm happy to see other students share his experience."

Jeralyn Delisi Lowe: Giving Now and in the Future

Life at Syracuse University was a bit different when Jeralyn Delisi Lowe '64, G'65 was a student here. Residence halls had a curfew–9 p.m. on weeknights and just a little after midnight on weekends. Female students were expected to wear blouses, cardigans, skirts, knee socks, and penny loafers, which were the height of fashion at the time. They were strongly discouraged from wearing pants or slacks, except on the coldest, snowiest days.

Some of Jeralyn's favorite memories of her time at SU include watching her friend stand on the roof of their residence hall tossing underwear during a panty raid, and the time the fraternity boys who lived next door to her Chi Omega sorority house sent a television set hurtling to the pavement, just for fun.

Those special times–and the excellent education she received at SU–inspired Jeralyn to help future students have the same–or better–Syracuse University experience.

"My parents made sure I had a degree to fall back on," says Jeralyn, who earned a bachelor's degree in fashion merchandizing from what was then the College of Home Economics and a master's degree in education at SU. "Syracuse University was a training ground for me–it gave me the experience of cherishing relationships and taught me self-discipline."

After graduation, Jeralyn began working in Project Head Start in California, then took a position with the Michigan Department of Social Services, where she worked for 30 years, serving for 18 years as a director of county public welfare.

Through the years, Jeralyn has given to the SU colleges that housed her undergraduate major. "No one goes into social work expecting to get rich," she says. "I gave what I could." Recently, she decided to donate a larger amount to the School of Social Work, providing an unrestricted gift in her trust. "From serving on the boards of many child welfare and family service agencies in the past 40 years, I learned how important and rare it is to receive donations that can be used for out-of-the box ideas to aid faculty, or for other opportunities," she says. "That's why my gift is unrestricted."

Since she plans to live at least another 30 years, Jeralyn also decided to give an additional gift now, to support current faculty and students. "Interestingly, giving now has some tax advantages," she says. "When it's time for me to begin taking a required distribution from my IRA, I will need higher tax deductions. So my gifts may need to increase rather than decrease."

Jeralyn encourages other alumni to give to the University, during their lifetimes and in their trusts and wills. "For me, there is a depth of satisfaction and 'rightness' about this," she says. "I believe it is financially strategic, smart planning, and most of all, emotionally satisfying."

Pat and Lou Mautino: Sharing Their Forever Orange Spirit

Throughout her career in public education, Patricia Mautino '64, G'66 witnessed raw, young talent and identified personally with students who needed financial aid to help them pursue their educational goals. Her husband, Louis Mautino '61, G'62, attended SU on an athletic scholarship and went on to be a business owner in the building industry. Together, they are committed to helping young people prepare for successful lives and feel privileged to share their "Forever Orange" spirit with future generations.

"We want our passion for Syracuse University to be seen and felt long after we're gone," says Patricia "Pat" Mautino.

As an active member of the Syracuse University Alumni Association and the iSchool Board of Visitors, and a longtime supporter of SU Athletics, Pat Mautino already has a strong presence on campus. And with the four scholarships the Mautinos have endowed through their bequest, their love for SU will become an everlasting legacy.

Dr. Jack and Joan Nicholson: Supporting SU's Continued Success

Dr. Jack Nicholson ’69 (A&S) and wife Joan ’71 (A&S), ’89 (HD) go a little further back than most couples that fell in love on the Hill. They first met all the way back in grade school and have been enjoying each other’s company ever since. During their time at SU, both were enrolled in the pre-med program that led to extremely successful careers for both in the health field. “The intensity of the course work was challenging and stimulating”, said Joan. “We have always felt that the education we received prepared us for the future”.

The Nicholson’s have long been thinking about the University’s future as well, as they have planned on making a substantial gift since their graduation. They recently decided this gift would be a paid up life insurance policy that will help to fund undergraduate research in the life sciences. Joan said they felt strongly about this because, “a major strength of the University is the opportunities that are offered to the undergraduate for research projects that are reserved for graduate students at many other institutions”.

Their connection to Syracuse got even stronger over the past decade as all three of their daughters, JoAnna ’95 (NEW), Julie ’99 (A&S), and Jane ’04 (A&S) are now proud alums pursuing graduate studies across the country. The Nicholson’s annual contributions have placed them in the Benefactor giving society for a number of years and they plan to continue this support along with their gift of life insurance because, “ it only makes sense to support SU’s continued success and reputation in a world where endowment can make or break an institution”, said Joan.

Cora Parsons: Caring for the SU Family

When Cora Parsons ’68 (EDU), proud mother and grandmother, was considering her estate plans, her first priority was taking care of her family. Then, when she thought about her charitable options, family again was at the center of the decision. Both of her parents and an aunt also attended SU and always spoke fondly of their years on the Hill. “My parents were able to attend Syracuse only because of the scholarships they received and I hope that my gift will help other students attend the University.”

Cora’s Masters degree allowed her to nurture the lives of students for 19 years as a guidance counselor. Her bequest to SU will help to provide for future students whose dream is to attend college. “I hope those who were given a hand, just as my family was, will consider giving back so others may enjoy the same opportunity.”

Earl Simmons: Giving Back in Gratitude

Earl Simmons ’49 (VPA)
Like many young adults, Earl Simmons ’49 (VPA) dreamed of attending college but lacked the resources to realize his ambition. His fortunes changed when he heard about the G.I. Bill while serving in the armed forces during World War II. He took advantage of this opportunity along with 10,000 other G.I.s who changed the face of the Syracuse campus overnight. Being older than the average student and eager to join the workforce, he attained his degree in 3 years through an accelerated program but now says, “looking back, I had such a good time, I wish I had stayed for four years.”

Earl had early visions of a career in radio but hundreds of aspiring actors and actresses are thankful he wound up majoring in Musical Theater. After honing his skills during a stage career that included 3 stints on Broadway, he took his craft to the classroom where he taught Speech and Theater at Long Island University. Throughout his distinguished 20-year tenure, he directed numerous student productions and even performed in them when called upon by those he mentored.

Earl has long made annual contributions to Syracuse and said, “for many years I knew that I wanted to do something bigger when the time was right.” He recently decided that establishing a charitable gift annuity with the University would allow him to achieve his wish of future support for the College of Visual and Performing Arts while also yielding a guaranteed income stream for the rest of his life. “Syracuse provided me with so much growing up; an education and preparation for a career. I just feel that it is incumbent on any graduate who has the ability, to give back.”

David Wishart '07: Making a Difference Today—and Tomorrow

As a Syracuse University employee, David Wishart '07 is well aware that many students depend on the generosity of donors to fund their college education. And as a donor himself, Wishart has experienced firsthand the feeling of satisfaction that comes from helping students achieve their goal of an SU degree.

A graduate of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, he gives to the school and to the Department of Athletics' track and field/cross country programs. "I give to SU because I believe in the mission of the University and feel a passion for the college and program I support," says Wishart, executive director of athletic development at SU. "These two areas had enormous impact on me as an SU student, and continue to affect me after graduation. My best friends are my teammates from the cross country and track team—we still get together three or four times a year to reminisce and catch up with each other."

These deep connections to SU have motivated Wishart to support the Whitman School and student athletes with a planned gift. "Syracuse University gave me the academic and life skills to go out into the 'real' world and make an impact," he says. "It prepared me for the demands of day-to-day life, and taught me to think in creative ways. I'm grateful, and hope that my support of the University will result in others having the same opportunity to attend—and enjoy—SU."

Wishart encourages other young alumni to make SU part of their charitable giving. "If not for the University's benefactors, we wouldn't have had the opportunity to attend and succeed at SU," he says. "As an alumnus, I feel it's my duty and privilege to continue that cycle of support for students today and in the future."

H.B. Yin: An Enduring Journey of Commitment

Huo-Bing Yin's acceptance to Syracuse University's College of Engineering and Computer Science came a mere three months before he was to report for class in the fall of 1948. This presented a seemingly insurmountable problem for the Shanghai, China, native, since all of the economy-class bookings for the ocean voyage to the United States were already sold out. In order to arrive in time to begin his first semester at SU–where his cousin, Tony Yeh '49 was a student–the determined young man was a passenger on that ship. He traveled first class, even though it took almost all the money he had.

As he set sail across the Pacific Ocean, the impoverished student in posh accommodations met a young Chinese woman, also on her way to the United States to study. Romance blossomed on the high seas–in part, Yin often said jokingly, because the young woman, Lillian Wang, was impressed by his first-class passage.

"Of course, my uncle was being too modest," says George Yin, Huo-Bing's nephew. "But the problem of his sea voyage turned out to have a wonderful silver lining–he met the woman he would eventually marry."

H.B. Yin (as he was known throughout his life) graduated from SU in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a master's degree in mechanical engineering. His thesis topic was microwave impedance measurements. After a lengthy courtship, Yin–who became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1956–and Lillian Wang were wed in 1957 and both went on to have successful careers. H.B. Yin was an engineer with RCA and IBM, holding a number of patents. Lillian Wang Yin, who earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, worked for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, serving two decades as director of the Reproductive, Abdominal, Ear, Nose, and Throat, and Radiological Devices Division.

In their leisure time, the couple enjoyed ballroom dancing and traveled widely. H.B. Yin excelled in bridge, earning enough master points to reach the highest levels of achievement in the game. In 1978, they suffered the tragic loss of their son, Daniel, 19, a pre-med student at Johns Hopkins University, who was killed in an automobile accident. Lillian Wang Yin died in 2000, H.B. Yin in 2010.

H.B.Yin's connection to Syracuse University was so strong that during his lifetime, he created two charitable gift annuities that would eventually endow a scholarship fund for engineering students. His estate bequest created a second endowed scholarship fund, also to benefit engineering students. In total, his gifts to the University amount to more than $2 million.

"My uncle loved his time at Syracuse," George Yin says. "He thought the campus was so beautiful and told stories of sliding down the hills when it snowed. With few contacts at Syracuse, other than his cousin (who later became an SU Trustee), he was very grateful for the warm welcome he received from everyone at the University."

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