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Our donors are a dedicated and inspiring group of friends and alumni. Many of our donors have enhanced their support by making a planned gift. Learn more about the people who help make Dickinson's future possible! 

Read their stories below:


Paul Strickler [charity_name] Donor

Paul Strickler '51

Paul Strickler '51's Dickinson connections paved the path toward his first employer-which would also be his last employer.

Greg ’83 and Mira Zimmerman

Greg Zimmerman ’83

“A lot of people don’t realize that estate giving is a great opportunity," says Greg Zimmerman ’83. "They need to know that the college can leverage a gift like this right away."

Bill ’60 and Joan Freeman

Bill Freeman ’60

When it came time to celebrate his 50th reunion, Bill knew he wanted make a special gift to Dickinson. A series of Charitable Gift Annuities gave him the perfect way to do that.

Leslie Dixon Cook [charity_name] Donor

Leslie Dixon Cook '67

When Leslie Dixon Cook ’67 began to consider her legacy with her husband, Dickinson immediately sprang to mind.

Courtney Taylor Piron [charity_name] Donor

Courtney Taylor Piron '89

Courtney Taylor Piron ’89 and her husband first thought of giving to Dickinson after the birth of their first child. “I guess having a son made us think of our own mortality,” says Piron.

Kevin Holleran [charity_name] Donor

Kevin Holleran '73

Kevin Holleran ’73 isn’t interested in giving back. For this estate lawyer and longtime Dickinson supporter, including the college in his will is more about giving forward.

Bill '57 and Ann Lemkau Houpt '59 [charity_name] Donors

Bill '57 and Ann Lemkau Houpt '59

Bill ’57 and Ann Lemkau Houpt ’59 met at Dickinson in 1955. They stayed connected to Dickinson through their service to the alumni council, the board of trustees, Dickinson Works, the Men’s Glee Club and reunion committees.

Mina Jane Grothey [charity_name] Donor

Mina Jane Grothey '67

Mina Jane Grothey '67 has enjoyed a long career in library science, but her interest in research first blossomed at Dickinson.

Alan Fleishman [charity_name] Donor

Alan Fleishman '61

After a decades-long career as a medical marketing consultant and an executive with Fortune 500 companies, Alan Fleishman '61 knows a good opportunity when he sees one.

Steve ’72 and Leila Ferrer

Steve Ferrer ’72

For Esteban (Steve) Ferrer ’72, a Charitable Gift Annuity "just made sense."