Mina Jane Grothey '67 has enjoyed a long career in library science, but her interest in research first blossomed at Dickinson. "I thank Dickinson for the foundation it gave me," she says. "The well–rounded education I got gave me a love for learning that has stayed with me all my life."
That love for learning spurred Grothey to pursue a master's degree in library science at the University of Texas after graduation. From there, she launched a more than three decade career working on technical services, third–world collections, and Latin American studies in the libraries of Duke University, Yale University and the University of New Mexico. Even after retiring in 2008, Grothey's education continues. She now serves as a docent at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, where she has developed an interest in geology, astronomy and paleontology.
When Grothey thought recently about the best way to repay the college for the foundation and springboard it provided, a charitable gift annuity made good sense. By giving to the college this way, she realized, she could make an impact now and get a 5 percent return on her investment. "You're lucky if you can get 1 percent from a bank," she says with a chuckle. "I had long ago decided that I would set aside money for Dickinson in my will, and I got to thinking, well, why wait?"