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Major Hazel Bundy, MA '48 (center), earned her master’s in education at Stanford and worked as a teacher before beginning a 20-year career with the U.S. Army, where she served in World War II and the Korean War. Her assignments included tours in Occupied Japan and at the Pentagon, where she set up a program for the assignment of officers in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) and Women in the Air Force (WAF). She died four years ago at age 101, leaving $10,000 to the Graduate School of Education for scholarships.
Liliore Green Rains, a Beverly Hills recluse and the daughter of an oil magnate, made headlines when she left an astonishing $240 million to a small handful of institutions in 1985. Her $40 million gift to Stanford was completely unexpected—she had no previous connection to the university, and she left no specific instructions on how to spend it. Stanford used it to build a much-needed housing complex on campus, and today nearly 800 graduate students live in the Rains Houses.
Katharine McCormick was a biologist, suffragist, and philanthropist best known for funding most of the research leading to the development of the first birth control pill. She left a $5 million bequest to the School of Medicine in 1967. The fund she endowed sustains several initiatives supporting the advancement of women in medicine, including faculty awards that provide research funding, travel funds to enable women to attend professional development seminars, and an annual lecture.
Nancy Ann Curran, '43, earned a degree in economics at Stanford, where she was active in the Stanford Union Club, a women's social club that organized weekly dances and other events on campus. A lifelong resident of San Francisco and an avid Giants fan, she left a $10,000 bequest to Stanford Athletics, among other charitable organizations close to her heart.
Federal judge Pamela Ann Rymer, LLB '64, served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for 22 years. Before she died of cancer in 2011 at age 70, she planned a generous gift to Stanford, and her bequest of $2.23 million endowed two funds in her name: one to provide graduate fellowships for law students, the other to provide scholarships for undergraduate athletes with financial need.
Women Who Left a Legacy
Jane Stanford made numerous gifts in her will to relatives and charities while leaving the bulk of her estate to the university. Many women have followed in her footsteps over the years, leaving a legacy at Stanford with bequests of all sizes.