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Stories of generosity


Alumna shows gratitude for her educational journey

Celeste Sullivan (BBA ’81, MA ’95, CERT [Spanish Literature] ’00, MPS ’01) has had an enriching life journey through her education, spiritual development, and career.

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A father’s last wish lives on forever

John J. “Jack” Foley (MD ’56)—Upon his death the John J. Foley, MD, Scholarship Fund for deserving medical students at the Stritch School of Medicine was established.

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Leaving a legacy for students

Adele M. LeGere (MUND ’48)—LeGere’s named as a beneficiary of her IRA Loyola’s Gannon Center for Women and Leadership Endowed Scholarship Fund to help and encourage future generations of women to pursue their own dreams.

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Leaving a legacy for students

Ken March (BS ’69, MA ’72, PhD ’73)—His final wish was to create a legacy to repay the university that gave him his education and the tools for his successful career.

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The gift of scholarship

Felicia McClelland—Throughout her many decades, she was an example of how the generosity of strangers can be paid forward to others who need it most.

Photo of James C. and Suzette M. Mahneke, R.N., M.S.N. Link to her story.

Alumna provides scholarship for deserving students

Suzette M. Mahneke (MSN ’88)—“If it hadn’t been for the financial aid I received at Loyola, I wouldn’t have been able to afford school. I wanted to give that same chance to students today.”

Photo of Daniel Coleman (JFRC SPRING ’77). Link to his story.

Leaving a legacy

Daniel Coleman (JFRC Spring ’77) and his wife Julie included the Rome Center in their estate plan so that future students could have the same transformational Jesuit education in Rome.

Photo of Mary Kathryn Black (JFRC Spring ’62, Med ’75) and Joan Sextro. Link to their story.

Sisters honor father

“I believe so much in education. College is not just important. It’s critical.”

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Honoring a beloved father

“He was an all-around good father. We wanted to establish some kind of gift in his honor.”

Photo of Valerye McCarthy (MUND ’52). Link to her story.

Alumna’s legacy supports future leaders

Valerye McCarthy’s generosity and legacy will help to secure the financial future of the Gannon Center.


Family honors beloved wife and mother with named scholarship

“This scholarship will help carry on Tamara’s legacy of educating young people who are financially less fortunate.”

Dr. Michael Lichter and Dr. Valerie Atkins

A love of medicine sparks student scholarship

“We are fortunate to be able to support future medical professionals in this way.”

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The gift of studying abroad

James Venskus (BA '70, MA '88) made a provision in his estate plan for an endowed scholarship that will provide opportunities for students to study abroad.

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A legacy of support

Dr. Margarite Angelopoulos (Resident LUHS '94) established a deferred charitable gift annuity to support future medical students at Stritch.

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Estate gift creates chemistry scholarship

The late Robert R. Otremba (BS ’49, MS ’63) left a $2.5 million estate gift to Loyola to fund several scholarships, including the Robert R. Otremba Scholarship. Read about a student who is benefitting from this scholarship.

Photo of Dr. Robert (MD ’85) and Pamela Munson. Link to their story.

Leaving a legacy for future students

Dr. Robert (MD ’85) and Pamela Munson have designated a significant gift in their estate plan to support scholarships for Stritch students.

Photo of Joyce Barry (MUND ’55). Link to her story.

Million-dollar gift honors Mundelein legacy

Joyce Barry (MUND ’55) left more than a million dollars to the Gannon Center. A close friend and Mundelein Collect classmate, Marie Therese Gauer (MUND ’55), reflects on Barry’s life and generous spirit.


Supporting Gannon Center scholars and leaders

Dr. Jeanne (MUND ’74) and Desmond LaPlace value the Gannon Center and the Gannon Scholars program in particular. They would like their gift to support the center and this worthwhile program for years to come.


Paying forward a legacy

Dr. Richard Wellington Poley (MD ’57) set up a memorial scholarship in his honor of his good friend, James Blake Patterson.


Remembering Rome

Anne Bannister (JFRC FALL ’84, BBA ’85, MBA ’93) has supported the Rome Center for many years because of her deep connection to it.


Carbon Scholars Program a success

Dr. Michael Carbon did his pre-med training at Loyola and was a successful physician for more than 30 years. He and his wife Dorothy have funded a program for students to do scientific research with faculty.

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Champion of liberal arts education

Chuck Whittingham (BS ’51) graduated with honors from the English program and went on to be the publisher of LIFE magazine. He has made several gifts to the University, including a recent estate gift.

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Student profile:
The value of generosity

Michael Hutz (Class of 2015) is a student at the Stritch School of Medicine who is grateful for his education and for several scholarships he has received.


Excellence in education: Alumna invests in the power of ideas and studying abroad

Mary Jo Bohr (JFRC ’71–’72, BA ’73) credits her Loyola education—including majors in English and Classical Studies, the honors program curriculum, and year of study at the John Felice Rome Center—with providing a terrific career foundation.


Excellence in nursing: Alumna supports future nurses

Pat Wozniak (BSN ’59) has pledged to support a general-purpose scholarship for the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing’s Excellence in Nursing Fund and has made a further provision for the fund in her estate plan.


Persons for others: Alums pass on family legacy to students

Paul J. Proteau (BBA ’53, MSIR ’58) and his late wife, Roseanne Vitullo Proteau (MD ’62), spent a combined 75 years living out Loyola’s Ignatian heritage as “persons for others.”


Remembering Mundelein: Cuban refugee and Mundelein alumna gives back

In the wake of the Cuban Revolution of the 1950s and on the heels of a communist movement in Cuba, Mayda de Armas (MUND ’66) fled political upheaval at the age of 17.


Leaving a legacy for future generations

Characterized by her life's work, passion, and legacy of giving back, Joan Steinbrecher (MEd '64, PhD '80) was a true Rambler.


Making students his business

Beloved business and law professor John Jozwiak (BA '50, JD '54) had a passion for teaching students ethical business practices.


Paying it forward

Dr. Richard (MD '63) and Alice Nagle (MUND '61) remember their ethical training that began at Loyola.


Supporting the future for aspiring nurses

Wendy Barr, PhD, RN (BSN '69), cannot remember a time when she didn't want to be a nurse.


Supporting women in leadership education

At the time of World War II, Dr. Kumiko Watanuki (MUND BA '84, MA '87) and her seventh-grade classmates had to work in a Tokyo munitions plant sewing uniforms ...


A family legacy: Honoring Loyola through the generations

When Dr. Mario Tse (BS '77, DD '81) started at Loyola in 1973, he began a family legacy of Loyolans.


A gift to help students "live the life"

An appreciation for international experiences, confidence in the direction of Loyola University Chicago, and a passion for Italian culture inspired Ruthellyn (BA '75) and Ron Musil ...


Providing perpetual support for business education

Education is a central theme in Bill (MBA '71) and Pam Russell's lives. Bill credits his MBA from Loyola with giving him a platform for success in his career ...


Dr. James Choy

The first in a family of five siblings to be college educated, Dr. James Choy led a distinguished life, whether volunteering on a hospital ship ...


A lifetime of service to the JFRC

The John Felice Rome Center forever changed Leonard Slotkowski Jr. (JFRC '65-'66, BA '69, MEd '72).


Stritch pioneer reaches out to struggling students

Fern Asma, MD, is sympathetic to the costs facing new physicians as they start their practices, especially in paying back school loans and purchasing medical liability insurance.


The legacy of Miriam Cooper

During her lifetime, Miriam Cooper was committed to helping others and found that becoming a clinical social worker was the best means of doing so.


Teacher, accountant, husband remembered with scholarship

Lenore and Keith DeLashmutt (JD '51) shared two great passions: traveling the world and supporting their favorite charities.


Staying connected to revered alma mater today and always

Aside from the fact that Kevin McGirr lives down the street from the Water Tower Campus Quinlan School of Business, he's always felt close to Loyola.


Myrtle Kilcrease: Keeping education alive with a gift annuity

Myrtle Kilcrease (MEd '77) has always been passionate about preparing the next generation for tomorrow's challenges.


Marie and Brian Fitzpatrick: Sharing their love of the JFRC

Marie and Brian Fitzpatrick fell in love with the John Felice Rome Center, though not at the JFRC—that would come years later.


Loyola alumni couple supports math, science scholars

Michael J. Carbon, MD, who sits on the Board of Trustees of Loyola University Chicago, knew from the time he entered high school that he wanted to be a doctor.


Librarian's gift benefits future generations

When Willouise "Willie" Donovan was born a century ago, America's library system, too, was in its infancy.


Joe Silliman: a life devoted to travel and service

Every student at the John Felice Rome Center develops an appetite for travel. For most, it remains a hobby.


Friend to animals and people leaves a legacy

For Mariza "Mitz" Santiano, graduating from Loyola (BBA '85) was the launching pad for a skyrocketing career in sales.


Alum leaves tremendous gift to Stritch

According to his children, the late Vincent Galante, (MD '43) was talked into attending medical school by his elder brother, Charles, already an established physician.


Sullivan bolsters Quinlan scholarship support

Alumnus Michael Sullivan (BS '61) credits much of his success in life to his years at Loyola.


The Shaulis Scholarship: Life-saving care inspires donation

A life-changing experience with the neonatal intensive care unit at Loyola University Health System inspired Dr. Hayes to establish a scholarship that will help train young pediatricians.


A legacy of service: A son memorializes his father's work

Dr. Raymond Hillmer, a member of the first group of medical students to graduate from Loyola in 1909, instilled within his son a passion for the practice of medicine.


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