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About the 1843 Legacy Society

Recent 1843 Legacy Society Events
1843 Legacy Society History

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Created to honor the spirit of philanthropy that has nurtured and sustained Holy Cross for more than 170 years, the 1843 Legacy Society recognizes those individuals who have thoughtfully included a gift to the College in their estate plans through a will, trust, retirement plan, life insurance policy, or life-income gift such as a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust.

Membership is entirely voluntary, and there is no immediate gift, minimum gift level, or minimum age required to become a member. Simply notify the Office of Gift Planning of your gift intentions so that we can warmly welcome you and extend an invitation to our annual celebratory events.

By joining the 1843 Legacy Society, you become part of the Holy Cross legacy and will help to inspire others to support the College with future gifts.

For members who are 70 years of age or older, providing simple documentation of a gift intention will allow that future gift to be counted in your current Reunion Class Gift totals.

If you haven't already, we encourage you to consider your own legacy and contact the Office of Gift Planning to discover how you can realize your philanthropic goals.

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Ken Padgett '66
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Barbara Richardson '78
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Matt Donovan '99

Co-chairs for the 1843 Legacy Society


Office of Gift Planning
Laurie W. Bowater, Associate Director
Elizabeth Pratt, Administrative Assistant
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Recent 1843 Legacy Society Events

About the 1843 Legacy Society
1843 Legacy Society History


June 2016
Annual 1843 Legacy Society Luncheon

On June 10, the nineteenth annual 1843 Legacy Society luncheon took place on campus, with more than 165 members, guests, faculty, and staff gathering to celebrate the spirit of philanthropy that has nurtured and sustained Holy Cross for more than 170 years.

Prior to lunch our legacy society members and guests enjoyed speaking with Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College, and other senior administrators. This year's featured speaker, Edward T. O'Donnell Ph.D. '86, associate professor of history, delivered an informative presentation about the First-Year Montserrat Program and engaged our guests in a lively question and answer session on a variety of social and political issues. Click here to listen to Professor O'Donnell's remarks.

About the Speaker

Edward T. O'Donnell

Edward T. O'Donnell '86 is an associate professor of history at the College. He teaches courses on U.S. Reform movements, Irish American history, the gilded age and progressive era, and U.S. wars. Professor O'Donnell has also taught courses in the College's Montserrat program and served as its director of the Self Cluster.

He is the author of several books, including Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality: Progress and Poverty in the Gilded Age (Columbia University Press, 2015), Ship Ablaze: The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum (Random House, 2003), and the U.S. history textbook (co-author) Visions of America: A History of the United States (Pearson, 3rd ed. 2016). His scholarly articles have appeared in The Public Historian, Journal of Urban History, and the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

Professor O'Donnell is also active in the field of public history, curating museum exhibits, appearing in historical documentaries, and providing historical commentary for PBS, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and National Public Radio. He also writes op-eds that have appeared in publications such as Newsweek and the Huffington Post. Most recently he started a history podcast called In The Past Lane.

He holds an undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross (1986) and a Ph.D. in U.S. history from Columbia University. Professor O'Donnell joined the faculty at Holy Cross in 2001.

Special Volunteer Recognition

The Office of Gift Planning gave special recognition to the following alumni for serving as gift planning chairs during their milestone 60th, 55th, 50th, and 45th reunions. Each played a significant role in helping to raise awareness about the importance of future gifts to the College.

Tom Beecher '56, 60th Reunion
John Hogan '61, 55th Reunion
Ken Padgett '66, 50th Reunion
Bill Snell '66, 50th Reunion
Bob Bonagura '71, 45th Reunion
Ed Joyce '71, 45th Reunion

Closing remarks were presented by 1843 Legacy Society co-chair Ken Padgett '66. He and his co-chairs, Barb Richardson '78 and Matt Donovan '99, look forward to meeting our many legacy society members at upcoming Holy Cross events.

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June 2016
Celebrating Leadership, Legacy, and Loyalty

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Photo collage from two Reunion Weekends

Members of the 1843 Legacy Society, President's Council, and newly formed Linden Lane Society were invited to special receptions over our two Reunion Weekends. Remarks by 1843 Legacy Society Co-chairs, Ken Padgett '66 and Matt Donovan '99, acknowledged the collective generosity of the assembled guests through leadership giving, legacy planning, and loyal support for Holy Cross throughout the years.


June 2015
Annual 1843 Legacy Society Luncheon

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Margaret N. Freije, Ph.D.

On June 5, the 1843 Legacy Society welcomed 165 members, guests, faculty and staff to its annual luncheon hosted on campus.

This special recognition event celebrates the 1843 Legacy Society members who have thoughtfully included a gift to the College in their estate plans through a will, trust, retirement plan, life insurance policy or life income gift arrangement such as a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust.

Legacy members and guests enjoyed speaking with President of the College, Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., prior to the lunch. This year's featured speaker, Margaret N. Freije, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, delivered insightful remarks about her role at the College and the future of a liberal arts education.

Special Volunteer Recognition
The following members were called upon to stand and be recognized for serving as gift planning chairs during their milestone 60th, 55th, and 50th reunions. Each played a significant role in helping to raise awareness about the importance of future gifts to the College.

Tom Carstens ’55, 60th Reunion
Peter Fallon ’60, 55th Reunion
Dick Browne, ’60, 55th Reunion
George Sullivan ’60, 55th Reunion
Dick Boyle ’65, 50th Reunion

Closing remarks by 1843 Legacy Society co-chair Ken Padgett '66 reminded us that the 1843 Legacy Society is vital to the Holy Cross family. Each member takes part in living and advancing the mission and shaping its future while preserving its strong traditions. He and his co-chairs, Barb Richardson ’78 and Matt Donovan ’99, look forward to meeting our many legacy members at upcoming Holy Cross events.

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June 2015
Legacy and Leadership Reception

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1843 Legacy Society and President's Council members were invited to a special reception over our two Reunion Weekends. These celebratory events recognized the collective generosity and support for Holy Cross through leadership giving and legacy planning.


March 2015
1843 Legacy Society Member Reception

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1843 Legacy Society members and area residents were invited to a cocktail reception in Charleston, South Carolina, at the home of Pam and Ray Murphy '54. Special guest Stephanie Yuhl, Ph.D., Holy Cross professor of history, shared her research on this colorful southern city which formed the basis of her book, A Golden Haze of Memory: The Making of Historic Charleston. Dr. Yuhl's book is available at the Holy Cross Bookstore.


September 2014
1843 Legacy Society Member Reception

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On September 26, 2014, members of the 1843 Legacy Society were invited to experience the latest exhibit at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery on the Holy Cross campus: THE ITALIAN PRESEPE, Cultural Landscapes of the Soul. This unique display offers an exploration of an important form of Italian installation art: the nativity scene, or the “presepe.”  Through the centuries the presepe has developed a history deeply entwined with Italian art and culture. Our 1843 Legacy Society members were guided through the exhibit by Margot Balboni, an independent curator and photographer, and Sarah Stanbury, a medievalist and the Monsignor Murray Professor in the Arts and Humanities in the English Department at Holy Cross. Together, these artistic collaborators shared the genesis of the exhibit that stems back to 2005, when Balboni stumbled into a room at Cosma Damiano in Rome to find a dramatic 18th-century Neapolitan presepe, crowded with elaborately clothed gesticulating figures. While Stanbury was on leave in 2011, she and Balboni began a three-year journey of research and discovery that was driven by the artists, collectors, historians, and curators they met along the way.

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The Cantor Gallery is publishing an 80-page color catalogue that will include photographs by Balboni and an essay by Stanbury, and will be available for sale at the Gallery. Numerous events scheduled throughout the fall semester, including “tableaux vivants” by the theatre department and a craft demonstration by Refugee Artisans of Worcester, will be open to the public. The exhibition will be on view through December 17, 2014.


June 2014
Annual 1843 Legacy Society Luncheon

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On June 6, the 1843 Legacy Society welcomed approximately 120 members, guests, faculty, and staff to its annual luncheon event hosted here on campus.  This event recognizes and celebrates the 1843 Legacy Society members who have thoughtfully included a gift to the College in their estate plans through a will, trust, retirement plan, life insurance policy, or life-income gift arrangement such as a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust.

Legacy members and guests enjoyed speaking with Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., prior to the lunch.  Rev. Paul Harman, S.J., this year’s featured speaker, delivered historical and insightful remarks about the meaning of mission here at Holy Cross – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.  Fr. Harman is vice president for mission at the College, a position he has held since 2011.

Prior to Fr. Harman’s presentation, the 1843 Legacy Society welcomed its new volunteer co-chair leadership:  Kenneth ‘Ken’ M. Padgett, Esq., ’66 P11, 07, 05; Barbara C. ‘Barb’ Richardson ’78, and Matthew S. ‘Matt’ Donovan ’99.  Ken, Barb, and Matt will serve as our legacy society’s leading advocates and ambassadors as well as work with the Gift Planning office to expand the 1843 Legacy Society’s presence and promotional efforts.  They look forward to meeting our many legacy members at upcoming Holy Cross events.

 

Read Fr. Harman's Remarks View 1843 Legacy Society Luncheon Photos

 

 

1843 Legacy Society History

About the 1843 Legacy Society
Recent 1843 Legacy Society Events


One of our first known bequests came at a crucial time in the College’s history. Jesuit Scholastic Patrick Healy turned over to the school a bequest he received from his parents. That bequest made it possible for the school to rebuild after a fire burned down Fenwick Hall in 1852.

Originally known as the Codicil Club, today’s 1843 Legacy Society is comprised of alumni and friends of Holy Cross who have provided for the future of the College through life-income gifts, outright bequests, trust provisions, and naming the College as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan.

Since the founding of the College of the Holy Cross in 1843, bequests and other planned gifts have served as an important source of support in furthering the mission of the College. Today there are over 800 members of the 1843 Legacy Society. Together, this distinguished group helps raise awareness about the importance of future gifts to the College.

The College wishes to express its deepest appreciation to members of the 1843 Legacy Society for their commitment to Holy Cross.

For more information or assistance, please contact our office.

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