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Recent estate gifts

Stanford is grateful to the generous alumni and friends who have remembered the university in their estate plans. The following is a sampling of recent estate gifts.

BEN BARRES, a Stanford professor of neurobiology, of developmental biology, and of neurology, directed more than $10 million from the residue of his trust to establish the Ben Barres Fund and the Ben Barres Professorship Fund in the School of Medicine, benefiting the Department of Neurobiology.

FRANK G. and INA BERTICS left bequests totaling $75,000 to the Christopher S. Bertics Fund, named for their son Christopher, JD ’85, who preceded them in death in 2017. The fund supports Stanford Law School’s international and global law program.

WILLIAM H. BUSSE, ’52, AM ’53, remembered Stanford with a $50,000 bequest for athletic scholarships in the Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation, as well as a $50,000 bequest for the Stanford Fund.

LAWRENCE NICHOLAS CRAFT, a friend of the university, left $320,000 in expendable funds from his trust to Stanford Health Care.

WILLIAM DRUMMOND, MS ’67, PhD ’71, designated $145,000 from his trust to support the School of Engineering.

SUZANNE E. ESTLER, PhD ’78, named Stanford as a beneficiary of an interest in the residue of her estate, resulting in a gift of $57,300 to benefit the Lewis B. Mayhew Fellowship Fund in the Graduate School of Education.

HELEN WADSWORTH FRASER, ’39, designated a gift to support students through The Stanford Fund.

ROBERT HOCKWALD, ’45, MD ’48, left 50 percent of the residue of his trust, resulting in a gift of more than $1,200,000 to the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts to establish a fund honoring his parents, Sigmund S. Hockwald and Fostenia King Hockwald. His gift will support art exhibitions at the center.      

JAMES A. JOHNSON, a Stanford parent, designated the university as a beneficiary of his retirement account. His gift will benefit the Stanford Center on Longevity.

DONALD NEWNAN, MS ’52, MBA ’59, PhD ’65, left $2,637,000 to Stanford, allocating a portion of his trust residue to Stanford Graduate School of Business and a portion to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

EDWARD GEORGE OTTOBONI, MS ’71, provided for a distribution of a portion of the residue of his trust to Stanford, resulting in a gift of $1,974,000 in unrestricted expendable funds.

ROBERT D. SHURTLEFF, ’43, MBA ’48, and his spouse, NANCY H. SHURTLEFF, made specific bequests of $15,000 to Stanford Graduate School of Business and $10,000 to the Department of Economics.

WILLIAM A. TASTO, ’58, and his wife, DEE TASTO, who died in 2018, named Stanford as the residuary beneficiary of a trust valued at more than $2,600,000. The gift was divided evenly between student financial aid and unrestricted funding for the university.

BURNET F. WOHLFORD, a Stanford parent, left $100,000 in expendable funds to the Hoover Institution.

Previous estate gifts

  • LEE RANDOLPH BEAN, ’82, left a portion of the residue of her estate to Stanford Athletics, resulting in a gift of $30,000.

    JESSE GERALD CHANEY, a friend of the university, designated $161,000 in expendable funds to Stanford Health Care.

    SUSAN K. EMANUELSON, a friend of the university, left $577,000 from her estate to benefit the Stanford Cancer Institute.

    DOROTHY H. FENNER, widow of the late JOHN FENNER JD ’51, and a Stanford parent and grandparent, left a specific bequest of $10,000 in expendable funds to Stanford Law School.

    ANNE L. HALL, ’73, PhD, ’77, named Stanford as a beneficiary of her retirement accounts and her estate. Her $2 million gift will benefit the physics department in the School of Humanities and Sciences.

    DAN KLINGENBERG, AM ’65, designated Stanford as a partial beneficiary of a life insurance annuity, resulting in a distribution of $66,000 to support Latin American Studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences.

    JOHN D. LUCKHARDT, MBA ’61, left Stanford $382,000 in expendable funds, which represents the remainder of a trust that was established at his death. His gift was used to create the John D. Luckhardt Fund in Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

    ROBERT McIVOR, ’52, MD ’55, remembered Stanford with a $1 million bequest for the creation of the Loran Chandler McIvor Scholarship Fund. This endowed scholarship will provide financial aid for graduate students in the School of Medicine, with a preference for students involved in athletics, as well as students who are performing musicians.

    JUDITH PATT, ’61, ’70, left $97,000, representing a portion of her estate, for the Asian art history program in the Department of Art and Art History.

    WILLIAM A. PRESTON, MBA ’61, designated $570,000, a portion of a charitable remainder trust, to create the Preston Memorial Fund benefiting the Hoover Institution.

    RUTH LARSEN SCAMMON, ’45, left $14.6 million to Stanford, representing the residue of a trust to create the Ira Henry Larsen and Ruth Eubanks Larsen Scholarship Fund. The endowed fund will provide scholarships for junior and/or senior year students majoring in civil and environmental engineering, with a preference for students specializing in structures and construction.

    STEPHEN R. SMITH, ’51, MS ’52, and his wife, MARGARET G. SMITH, ’51, both remembered Stanford with an expendable gift of $12,500, resulting in $25,000 of support for the School of Engineering.

    BETTY ELLIOTT STRAUSS, ’47, left a specific bequest of $25,000 in unrestricted, expendable funds to Stanford University.

    GEORGE L. WANG, a Stanford parent, left $285,000, a portion of trust residue and 25 percent interest in a charitable trust, to endow the George Li Wang and Mary Ni Wang Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund will provide scholarships to deserving undergraduate students at Stanford, with preference given to students from low-income or other disadvantaged backgrounds.

  • Mary Ellen Boyling, PhD ’73, left a bequest of $10,000 to the Department of English.

    Elizabeth Gerhardt, widow of the late Edwin Gerhardt, AB’31, JD’34, provided for Stanford to receive $400,500 designated for Stanford Law School.

    Dudley George Kebow, MBA ’58, included a bequest of $200,000 to Stanford Graduate School of Business from his trust.

    Park L. Loughlin, ’48, left a personal art collection valued at more than $6 million to the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts. He also left $2 million to support the Cantor Arts Center, named the Hoover Institution to receive a percentage of the residue of his estate resulting in a gift of $4.95 million, and designated the Hoover Institution as the beneficiary of two charitable remainder unitrusts.

    Elaine J. McDonald, a Stanford parent, made a bequest of $10,000 to the Kim Peyton McDonald Memorial Scholarship Fund in the Department of Athletics.

    Diane Cory McNiel, ’60, named The Stanford Fund for Undergraduate Education as the recipient of a $100,000 bequest to support scholarships.

    Joanne Miller, ’52, a longtime member of the Stanford Associates, designated Stanford as a beneficiary of her revocable trust resulting in a distribution of more than $1.1 million to the university that will support the Barbara Jean Miller and Joanne Lee Miller Undergraduate Scholarship Fund.

    William B. Noland, ’37, MBA ’39, left over $4.8 million to Stanford, representing the residue of his trust. Half of his bequest establishes the Cooke-Noland Fund to provide unrestricted support to the university. The remaining half creates two equal endowed funds for the Hoover Institution and the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, with a preference for the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences.

    Eric Rothenberg, ’76, provided for a $4 million bequest from his trust and retirement plans to the School of Medicine to establish an endowed professorship fund to support a faculty member in the field of psychiatry.

    Donald P. Sanders, MBA ’56, PhD ’62, left more than $632,000 of his trust to the Graduate School of Education.

    Mary Clifford Thompson, ’47, MD ’51, included a bequest of $410,000 to the School of Medicine in her trust.

    Jack Wheatley, a Stanford parent and grandparent, left $200,000 to the Hoover Institution.

    Timothy Wong, a friend of Stanford, made an unrestricted bequest of $50,000 to the university.