Get inspired by your Duke Reunions

Join gift planning leaders in honoring your Duke class

Duke Reunions can be an inspiring time, even virtually — catching up with old friends, sharing the joy of their success and experiences, meeting great classmates you didn’t know during your days at Duke.

Celebrate and honor your class reunion by giving back to the university with a planned gift. Each reunion class is raising funds that will count toward its reunion gift total.

There are many ways you can give back, so meet the Duke Reunions gift planning representatives and read about all the different ways they chose to support their respective Duke Reunion class year through a planned gift. No matter what your inspiration is, you can support the Duke people and programs you care about most.

Class of ’71: Chun Lam

Charitable gift annuities to support engineering and business scholarships

“Duke’s impact on the arts and humanity, science, medicine, business, engineering innovations, and the environment continues to expand and excel. Financial support for research and scholarship is imperative for a great university like Duke to continue its missions and influence today and in the future.”

Class of ’76: Sue Wasiolek

Bequest to support undergraduate financial aid, Duke Annual Fund, Duke Football and Student Health & Wellness

“Forty-seven years ago, Duke University, through its generous financial aid package, made it possible for me to join this community and to be presented with unparalleled educational opportunities and experiences. I remain grateful for all that Duke has enabled me to be and do, and I want to do what I can to make this a reality for other students in need of financial support.”

Class of ’81: Larry Johnson

Bequest to support the Reginaldo Howard Scholars Program

“My Duke experience prepared me for life, my career and so much more. As a Reggie Howard scholar, it’s very important for me to ensure that these young people have an even better Duke experience than mine. A planned gift is an enduring part of that commitment.”

Class of ’86: Alex Howson and Sara Clarkson

Bequest from retirement account for the Howson/Clarkson Family Scholarship Fund

“Duke changed our lives. Duke inspired us to think — and act — more broadly about making a difference in this world, about leading change and helping others. We set up a family scholarship to help deserving students have this same Duke experience no matter their financial situation, and our planned gift is designed to multiply how many future Duke students we can help.”

Class of ’91: Elizabeth Weiser Caswell

Bequest to support The Caswell Family Scholarship Fund

“As a Duke alumna and parent, supporting Duke through annual gifts encourages the development of young leaders who will contribute solutions to today’s complex global issues. In addition to annual gifts, planned gifts to Duke help secure the growth of future leaders in perpetuity who will make the world a better place for generations to come.”

Class of ’96: Vinay Jayaram

Bequest to support the Pratt School of Engineering

“I credit my Duke education with having given me the right foundation for my life and my career. Adding Duke to my living will is a small gesture of thanks to help ensure that the university can touch other lives in the way it has touched mine, and that Duke can retain its global pre-eminence for research and scholarship in a rapidly changing world.”

Establishing a planned gift doesn’t have to be a complicated process. Duke’s Office of Gift Planning can help you and your advisors find the best option to bring your love for Duke to life through the long-term support of this special place. Most importantly, your planned gift will ensure that Duke remains an outstanding university for generations to come.

Make your planned gift today to count toward your class reunion gift total by completing the Duke Office of Gift Planning legacy gift confirmation form. Adobe Sign is an approved Duke vendor to send secure documents and to collect signatures and approvals. Our Office of Gift Planning will follow up with you to confirm the receipt of your confirmation form. For more information about supporting Duke through a planned gift, please contact the Office of Gift Planning at (919) 681-0464 or

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