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We are thankful for those who have made an estate gift to Truman State University. Here are their stories.

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Paying It Forward

A deep sense of gratitude along with a desire to pay it forward led Steve Justice ‘70 and his wife Katherine to set up the Steve and Katherine Justice Athletics Scholarship with a significant gift and a commitment to add to the scholarship through retirement plan assets and their estate.

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Building a Legacy for the Future

For Ron and Elsie Gaber, their estate plan gives them the perfect way to create new opportunities and experiences at Truman State.

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Past, Present and Future

With their gifts to Truman today, Terry and Faye Whitworth are able to honor the past and prepare students for bright futures.

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Impacting the Lives of Truman Students

"I owe Truman a great debt for who I have become professionally and the friends I have made throughout the years. And, of course, Ellen," says David Clithero.

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No One Should Be Priced Out of a Quality Education

What does a quality undergraduate education provide? Critical skills used in both personal and professional life? Exceptional preparation for graduate school? Life changing opportunities? Justis Tuia ’07 believes he received all of this and more when he came to Truman State University. Thanks to a generous scholarship, he got a college education without taking on crippling student debt. Now he aims to give as he received.

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Give Back Through an Estate Gift at Any Age (Retirement Is Not Required!)

For Tanner Williams ’02, scholarships helped him achieve his goal of earning a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. That degree, combined with the unique learning experiences he had outside of the classroom as a student at Truman State University, helped lead Tanner into a successful career with AFT, the American Federation of Teachers. Currently, he serves as the director of organizingand leadership development with Texas AFT in Austin.

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An Immeasurable Impact and a Lasting Legacy

Our colleague and friend Debra "Deb" Kerby, dean of the School of Business, passed away on Jan. 14, 2020, at the age of 64. Since joining the Truman State University accounting faculty in 1982, Dr. Kerby devoted herself to working with students and improving the University. She took great pride in the success of all the business and accountancy students who passed through Violette Hall.

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A Legacy That Will Live on Forever

As the face of Truman State University Alumni Relations, and the driving force behind the alumni activities, Denise had a way of establishing an instant friendship with everyone she encountered.

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Dedicated to Student Success

Dr. Miles Lovelace and Nancy Lovelace do not have children of their own, yet strong parental instincts are evident when it comes to Truman and ensuring that students have the resources necessary to thrive.

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Loyal and Grateful Alumna Shares Why She Gives

Originally from the St. Louis area, Pamela Popp resides in Denver and is the executive vice president of Western Litigation Inc. She has nearly 30 years of health care risk management experience, ranging from direct claims management to program internalization and development, risk program consulting (risk assessments, crisis response, education), industry volunteer leadership and operational management of WLI.

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Thanking Truman for 'a Wonderful Career and a Good Life'

Philanthropist, Bulldog, alumni leader ... These are only a few of the roles in which Geraldine "Gerry" (Toth) Ready ('70) truly excels.

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Q&A: Grateful Alum Gives Back to Truman Students

More than 150 of Truman State University’s most generous alumni and friends have arranged an estate or planned gift in support of Truman and have become members of the University’s legacy society—the Joseph Baldwin Society.

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