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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:

Alan Fleishman '61

“I want to help young people find that creative spark. ... Dickinson has produced some superb novelists. Maybe my legacy can help find just one more.”

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.

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.

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.

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."

Julie Johnson '82

“I believe the education Dickinson provides is very important for the future. ... This is my way of leaving a legacy.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rick Dissinger '65

“Dickinson taught me how to think critically and really set me up for good opportunities in the business world."

Steve ’72 and Leila Ferrer

Steve Ferrer ’72

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