Meet Our Donors
Jody Williams ’66 passes along an “unexpected gift”
After her “baby” brother passed away a few years ago, Jody Pullen Jenkins Williams ’66 became responsible for his substantial estate. Not only was her brother “a frugal eccentric and genius stock market investor,” according to Williams, he was also a philanthropist.
A Legacy of Support: Early Gifts that Helped Shape Swarthmore
One of the key figures of Swarthmore's history is Frank Aydelotte, the College's seventh president. President Aydelotte, who served from 1921 to 1940, is best remembered for the 1922 introduction of the Honors Program that has shaped the College into the world-class institution we know today.More
Carol Dubivsky Becker ’57:
Ensuring a Swarthmore Education for Future Generations
From her first day on campus, Carol met people who knew about folk music, had never seen the ocean, had vacationed in Europe, and had been conscientious objectors. Listening to students who were unafraid to question and debate political issues and government policies led Carol to major in political science and international relations. More
Laurie Welch ’73: Promoting a Better World Through Gift Planning
Laurie Welch attended Swarthmore during a time of social unrest, and she was proud of the fact that the College community was actively engaged in the issues and sought out ways to bring about change. She hopes her legacy at Swarthmore will help continue the College’s tradition of cultivating people who strive to make the world a better place. More
Carolyn Field ’48:
Crafting a Musical Path
During a move to New York City from Texas, Carolyn Field’s ’48 beloved and well-used cello incurred some damage. She found that the cost of repair would have exceeded the instrument’s value. The instrument, she admits, “was not of a very high quality.”More
Katie Ritter ’79:
Sidetracked by Swarthmore!
Kathryn “Katie” Ritter ’79 values the liberal arts education she received at Swarthmore. “It was in that remarkable community that I truly learned to respect everyone’s dignity and differences,” she says. She and her husband have made an unrestricted bequest to Swarthmore, but Katie hopes it may be used for financial aid. The Swarthmore experience—even if it can sidetrack you—is one she wants to share! More