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Champion of liberal arts education

Photo of Charles Whittingham

Charles (Chuck) Whittingham (BS ’51)
Chuck served in the Navy during the Korean War and was the founding publisher of the reimagined LIFE magazine in the late 1970s. Learn more about him in the fall 2014 issue of Loyola magazine. Photo credit: Alfred Eisenstadt

Q. What did you value about your time at Loyola?
Loyola offered me the opportunity to receive a quality Jesuit education, including an athletic scholarship that made it possible for me to attend. I was a track man who scored the school record in the 100-yard dash more than 60 years ago—one that still stands today. I graduated with honors from the English program.

Q. You’ve earmarked a gift to Loyola in your estate plan. How would you like the gift to be used?
Father Garanzini has reawakened my interest in Loyola, and I have made a number of gifts to the University to be used as he sees fit, including a recent bequest designation and gift to support the Chapel Bell Campaign for Madonna della Strada Chapel.

Q. How do you see a Loyola education helping future generations of students?
I have nothing but wonderful things to say about a liberal arts education, and the campus today is exquisite. When I was on campus recently, I told Father Garanzini, “What you’ve got here is the Princeton of the Midwest, only you’ve got a better lake.”

Q. Any thoughts for people thinking about a planned gift to Loyola?
I recommend that people planning to make gifts to the University consider making a gift directly from their IRA. If Congress renews the IRA rollover provision, those gifts are tax-free for people aged 70½ and older.


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