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Inspiring Professor's Legacy Lives On

Heckert With Teri Heckert's passing, the Truman family lost a great leader, teacher, colleague and beloved friend. Teri was a remarkable educator in her field. Yet, Teri's most valuable lessons were those that demonstrated the importance of volunteerism, service, giving and actively elevating others. Teri left an indelible imprint upon Truman and an inspirational legacy in her wake.

On what would have been her 46th birthday, a special event celebrating Teri's life was held on the Truman campus. Family, former students, colleagues and friends gathered Sept. 12, 2014, in Red Barn Park to dedicate “The Heckert Oak,” a 20-year-old white oak that took root the same year Teri was putting down roots in her new home state of Missouri. A white oak was selected due to its designation as the official tree of the state of Maryland, where Teri was born. The two-ton tree ring was lovingly constructed of Maryland granite by Teri's family with the assistance of friends, the local boy scouts and Truman student athletes.

The dedication ceremony included the public announcement of the newly created Dr. Teresa M. Heckert Memorial Scholarship in Psychology. This award was established by family and friends to commemorate Teri's significant and lasting contributions to Truman State University. In addition to majoring in psychology, recipients of this award will have demonstrated financial need and a significant record of service. Gifts and pledges to the Dr. Teresa M. Heckert Memorial Scholarship in Psychology currently total approximately $59,000. Additional gifts can be completed online at

Teri's unfailing optimism and hope for the future will remain a sustaining force in perpetuity through this scholarship endowment that honors her and bears her name.

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A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

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The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

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You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Truman as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Truman as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

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