When Leslie Dixon Cook ’67 began to consider her legacy with her husband, Dickinson immediately sprang to mind. “We wanted to be able to provide for those things we believe strongly in, and for me that was easy,” says the Fannie Mae senior financial analyst. “I am what I am because of Dickinson.”
Cook hopes her support helps the college to continue molding lives like hers. “I want the gift to go for scholarships because I know I couldn’t have gone to Dickinson without one,” she says, adding that she also worked in the dining hall and as a research assistant to help fund her education.
Having attended the college when renowned study-abroad programs like Dickinson in Italy first had an impact on campus, Cook sees her estate gift as an investment in an increasingly vital style of education. “The liberal-arts and international emphasis was so important for me,” she says, “but it’s going to be even more important for today’s students and tomorrow’s, because the world is getting more and more complex.”