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From his office in New York’s famed 30 Rock building, Ron Temple ’90 has an amazing view of the colorful living tapestry below. And thanks to a Duke education he calls “transformational,” Temple also has an elevated ability to see shades of gray in a world that seems increasingly polarized. “In my experience, black-and-white opinions […]


Retired from their careers as an electrical engineer and a registered nurse, Harold and Selma Lerner transplanted to Durham from their native Boston more than 20 years ago. The Lerners live only an eight-minute ride from Duke, a choice that was a lifesaver when Harold had a stroke. Afterward, he was impressed that his doctor […]


One of the ways to have an impact at Duke is by making a gift that will enable the university to thrive for generations to come. Head football coach of the Duke University Blue Devils, David Cutcliffe, and his wife, Karen, share the reasons why they chose to create an endowment for the Duke Catholic […]


J.J. Yates ’50 has never asked for anything, not even a dime. Despite humble beginnings, he sought to create his own path and future with the hopes to share what he had with others someday. When Yates was 20 years old, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in World War II and was […]


Following a calling may require a leap of faith.  But for Palmer Cantler of Johnson City, Tennessee, the path was clear. It all started before Cantler entered the 7th grade.  A simple poster at a summer youth conference stopped her in her tracks. “So you want to go into ministry?” it read. Even as a […]


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