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We thank all our planned-gift donors for their generous support. Here are some of their comments and stories.


Joseph and Marilyn Goldstein Schwartz ’64

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“Since I came from a large city and large schools, Skidmore was an oasis for me, where, in the peace and serenity of the campus of Victorian homes, I could truly focus on my studies. I was blessed to have that opportunity. Gratitude for the place, the people, and the education inspires me to leave a legacy for those to come.”


Bruce and Judith Pick Eissner ’64

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During her graduation ceremony, Judith Pick Eissner ’64 was inspired by the fierce devotion to Skidmore College expressed in a speech by chair of Skidmore’s Board of Trustees Josephine Young Case. Just seven years after she graduated, Judith became the youngest trustee in Skidmore history and went on to become the first alumna Chair of the Board of Trustees. She helped shape the College’s growth for almost a quarter century during a critical period in its history (1971-1995), guiding Skidmore through a period of dramatic growth and laying the foundation of the preeminent liberal arts institution it is today. She has played key roles in every major fundraising campaign the College has held, and currently serves on the National Advisory Committee for the Tang and as a member of the Campaign Committee for the College’s Creating Our Future campaign. Along the way, Judith served her class as fund chair, secretary, class agent, and Reunion chair. An Outstanding Service Award in 1984, the Denis B. Kemball-Cook Award in 1992, a doctor of humane letters degree in 1995, a 50th Reunion Outstanding Service Award in 2014, and the naming Judith Pick Eissner Admissions Center are among the ways the Skidmore community has formally acknowledged Judith’s tremendous contributions. As she stood before the crowd of new graduates to deliver her commencement address in 1995, she knew she had come full circle, following in the footsteps of Josephine Young Case.


Lilli Brunner Kalmenson ’54

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"“My four years at Skidmore gave me the intellectual and social skills as well as the confidence to enable me to achieve my various goals in life. I will always be grateful for that opportunity. I am proud of how the College has developed in the more than 60 years since I was a student there. I’m pleased to assist deserving young people to have the transformative education they need to help make the world a better place.”


Jane & Yale Eastman '50

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"My husband and I funded a charitable remainder trust a number of years ago — truly a win-win opportunity."




Nancy Bushnell '62

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"Supporting Skidmore and protecting my income in retirement are both important to me. My gift annuity turned out to be the perfect option."




Florence Andresen '57

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Florence Andresen '57 is shaping Skidmore's future. So can you. It's a wonderful feeling to know that my bequest will assist tomorrow's students and help ensure Skidmore's role and responsibility in the future. It's a proud legacy for me and so important for the college.



Virginia Lyon '47

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"I just funded another gift annuity. It's simple and I used stock that was only returning dividends of 2 percent. I now receive 8.4 percent and know I am supporting students at Skidmore."



Emily '74 & Jerry Chiles

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"Our gift annuity ensures that our support for Skidmore will help perpetuate opportunities for students of tomorrow. There's also a measure of comfort knowing I'll be guaranteed a certain rate of return during this time of economic uncertainty."



Do Jerman '47

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"Do" Jerman '47 thinks her life-income gift with Skidmore is a smart way to make a gift. "It's a great investment in Skidmore's future with a lifetime income for me!"



David Marcell

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"Making a deferred gift annuity to Skidmore was a most gratifying part of my retirement planning. I made the gift while still working full time and received a current-year tax deduction on part of the principal. Now I receive a stream of income from the College, guaranteed for life."