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  • My Giving Story: Marie Giddings Parker ’60

    May 26, 2015

    My Giving Story: Marie Giddings Parker ’60

    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 ➜

  • A mother’s legacy lives on

    May 14, 2015

    A mother’s legacy lives on

    It was college tour time, and Courtney Crump wasn’t planning on liking Duke. Some in her family even preferred a lighter shade of blue. But once on campus, she was a convert. “I found myself imagining living in Few Quad, eating at the Bryan Center, and studying in Perkins. I was really interested in DukeEngage and undergraduate research,” said Courtney, now a sophomore. “It felt like I belonged.” From the start, her student experience was everything she envisioned and more. The night of her freshman orientation, she remembers staying up until 4 a.m. discussing the merits of health care reform with her new classmates. “I’ve always wanted to be surrounded by academically minded people, and I found that at Duke. I’m amazed at how much I learn from my peers.”
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  • Class of 1985 Gift Planning Reunion Co-Chair Jack Boyd ’85: “Why I Give”

    April 16, 2015

    Class of 1985 Gift Planning Reunion Co-Chair Jack Boyd ’85: “Why I Give”

    Duke has grown significantly since our Class of 1985 graduated 30 years ago. The landscape of Duke’s campus is changing with the development of new buildings. New professors and administrators are offering new courses that overlap across disciplines, schools, and programs. The next class of Duke students are preparing to become the next generations of critical thinkers and global influencers.

    On April 17-19, 2015, our Class of 1985 will reunite to reflect on Duke’s role in shaping our lives, and to celebrate our university, education, and student experiences. It will be incredible to see the growth of the university on campus firsthand! Continue Reading ➜

  • My Giving Story: Blaine Paxton Hall

    April 8, 2015

    My Giving Story: Blaine Paxton Hall

    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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  • History in the making for Duke Libraries

    February 19, 2015

    Renovations to the Rubenstein Library are near completion, bringing Duke University archives and historical records all under one roof. The large-scale Perkins Project reconstruction initiative began in 2000 to transform Duke’s West Campus libraries. Be sure to check out the complete timeline of the Perkins Project.

    Now entering the third and final year of construction, the newly-renovated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library is scheduled to be unveiled in August 2015. Students, faculty, and visitors can expect a state-of-the-art research facility with access to the library’s rare books, manuscripts, and other special collections and materials. Continue Reading ➜

  • 2014 Campaign Impact Report

    February 12, 2015

    Trinity College was renamed Duke University following a gift for endowment from James Buchanan Duke in 1924. What most people do not know is that the bulk of the endowment was paid through a bequest. Planned gifts have set the trajectory for Duke’s future growth and success. Gifts from donors like you propel us further forward—keeping Duke among the world’s most premier universities. Continue Reading ➜

  • My Giving Story: Val Broadie

    January 29, 2015

    My Giving Story: Val Broadie

    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 ➜

  • Video: Why a charitable gift annuity is the gift for all seasons

    December 17, 2014

    Video: Why a charitable gift annuity is the gift for all seasons

    As the year draws to a close, consider establishing charitable gift annuity (CGA) at Duke. Given the many benefits it may provide, it’s easy to see why a CGA continues to be our most popular deferred giving option.

    To better illustrate how a CGA could work for you, Jeremy Arkin, director of Gift Planning, shares this 3-minute gift illustration video shot on Duke’s campus. Continue Reading ➜

  • My Giving Story: Ray Tysor

    December 3, 2014

    My Giving Story: Ray Tysor

    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 ➜

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