For Hunter Widener ’95 and his wife, Joy, making a legacy gift is more than just a way to give back. It is an investment in the future of Appalachian, its students and the transformational experience they believe in.
For Gladys ’53 and Don Lineberger Sr. ’55, inheriting and passing on the Appalachian Experience has been part of the family narrative for over ninety years. As members of the 1899 Legacy Society, Don said they will continue to share this great experience by helping young men and women prepare to go out into the world and begin their careers.
Alice Naylor has a passion for education, a long-held commitment to helping children and a desire to support families with children who have special needs. After more than three decades at Appalachian State University working for all of these aspirations, Naylor has decided to make them her legacy.
There are a multitude of universities with which Sara Charles and Randy Stevens could have developed a relationship. They aren’t from Boone. They aren’t Appalachian alumni, and they have no family ties to the area. But Appalachian welcomed them, embraced them and engaged them as friends and collaborators.
When chemistry professor A.R. Smith passed away in 1983, the students now benefitting from his generosity had not been born. Smith, who taught from 1921 to 1958, was one of Appalachian’s first chemistry professors, and one of the people for whom Smith-Wright Hall was named. Before his death, Smith established the A.R. Smith Scholarship in Chemistry, which funds 10 scholarships each academic year.
Alumni and friends who have included Appalachian in their estate plans are eligible to join the 1899 Legacy Society. Appalachian State University Foundation has, to date, benefitted from more than $28 million through realized bequests, distributions from personal and charitable remainder trusts and remainder values from gift annuities.
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