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My Giving Story: Marie Giddings Parker ’60
May 26, 2015
With each new generation comes a greater appreciation of the generation before. For Marie Giddings Parker ’60, her mother was a source of inspiration who instilled in her the value of creating opportunities to help people reach their full potential.
Parker’s mother, Antoinette Scienza Giddings Ralston, called “Tonee,” was a gifted artist who enjoyed painting and gifting creative projects to friends and family members. She was a first generation American who valued the importance of education, despite never having the chance to attend college.
Parker valued her mother’s hard work ethic and determination to provide for her to have the opportunity to go to college. Parker fulfilled her mother’s hopes to pursue a college education when she enrolled in the Woman’s College at Duke University. During her undergraduate years, Parker studied abroad in France and discovered a love of travelling. Her time abroad was an invaluable part of her education. Continue Reading ➜
My Giving Story: Blaine Paxton Hall
April 8, 2015
Finding inspiration at Duke is not hard for Blaine Paxton Hall. He sees it in the books that fill the shelves at the Duke University Medical Center Library and Perkins Library, in Duke Life Flight—the world’s first air ambulance started by two Duke alumni—as it hovers above campus, and even in a scrap of paper tucked in his lab coat pocket on which he scribbles a math problem to challenge himself throughout the day.
“I have been nurtured at Duke,” says Hall M.H.S.-CL’07, a physician assistant hospitalist for the Department of Hospital Medicine at Duke Regional Hospital and adjunct associate professor for the Department of Community and Family Medicine, Duke University Health System (DUHS). “It is for me a supremely satisfying sense of deep connection with something much greater and more lasting than myself.”
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My Giving Story: Val Broadie
January 29, 2015
For 30 years, Valerie Broadie J.D. ’79, P ’10 has used the skills she acquired at Duke to do two things: Be a successful non-profit fundraiser and give back to the community.
Broadie is a life member of the Duke Law Board of Visitors and also a 2014 Alumni Award winner. Although her volunteer activities keep her connected to campus, Broadie says it was most interesting to see Duke through the eyes of her daughter Kristina, an undergrad who graduated from Duke in 2010.
Broadie recently created a bequest to support Duke Law School. She hopes that her gift will have a lasting impact for generations to come Continue Reading ➜
My Giving Story: Ray Tysor
December 3, 2014
Ray Tysor ’21 is remembered as a people person and a natural leader. He was an Eagle Scout who continued to support the Boy Scouts as an adult. He was a devoted member of his Methodist church, inspiring the congregation through his tithes and his teaching. He was a lifelong fan of Duke, a place he often said not only prepared him for his career in mortgage loans, but also made it possible for him to help others. Continue Reading ➜
Our Giving Story: The Tuckers
July 24, 2014
Here’s the biggest lesson Terry T. Tucker M.B.A. ’98, J.D. ’04 took away from Duke: Live life to the fullest—and live it in the most meaningful way possible.
“For a long time, I had this gnawing feeling that there was something bigger and more impactful I could be doing in my life, that I could be changing the world,” he said. “I saw so much suffering when I was young. So many people did not have a real opportunity to live their best life. I never wanted to be that person who was just going through the motions of existing.” Continue Reading ➜
My Giving Story: Rick Tigner
May 14, 2014
As part of our regular posts, we will be featuring “My Giving Stories” that center around short Q&As with donors who have included Duke in their long-term plans.
We recently chatted with Rick Tigner ’70, an investment advisor, art collector, and Duke Alumni Band member. He directed funds from his IRA to an endowment fund that benefits the Nasher Museum of Art.
This is what he had to say.
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