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Shaping Your Earlham Legacy Through the Circle of Friends

Two stories of alumni who amplified their Earlham legacies by joining the Circle of Friends illustrate how great the impact of thoughtful estate planning can be.

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Honoring Loved Ones While Supporting a Cause

When asked why they give, Joe and Sylvia Kendall ’61 Salanitro recall a sermon that included a quote from Alexander Papaderos, a hero of the Nazi resistance in Crete. Papaderos said, “I came to understand that I am not the source of light, but that light, truth, understanding and knowledge will only shine in many places if I reflect it. This is the meaning of my life.”

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A Fresh Twist on Giving

Serendipity certainly played a part in connecting Earlham alumni Richard and Sandy Nakamura with the College’s vice president for institutional advancement, Kim Tanner. Sandy came across a charitable giving article that Kim wrote for an issue of Connections.

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Giving Back Takes Center Stage

When Gina Calvelli first stepped onto Earlham's campus in the early 1970s, she immediately fell in love. She could feel the energy and enthusiasm for developing well-rounded students and knew this was the college for her.

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An Eye Toward the Future

Award-winning teacher Carol Brewer '73 reflects on hard work, Earlham principles and the importance of producing readers and thinkers. It was 1969, three years before she would enroll in Earlham, and Carol Brewer was about as far from Richmond, Indiana, as she could get.

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A ‘Win-Win’ Way to Give

Ask Mary “Shorty” Birenbaum ’61 why Earlham was the best place for her and she responds with quiet conviction. “I learned to listen, to hear what other people are saying,” she says.

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Telling the Story: An Earlham Alum's Journey

Howell Gatchell '69 has seen firsthand what an Earlham education can do. A retired radio journalist, Howell was thrust into one of the biggest stories of his career while still a student.

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Alumna Opens Doors for Diverse Science Careers

Earlham College opened Libby Yunger's eyes to subjects that changed her future. Today, she provides opportunities for current students to also think outside the box.

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Norval D. Reece

Born into a Midwestern Quaker family, Norval D. Reece has served as clerk of his Friends Meeting and on the boards of numerous Quaker organizations, schools, and colleges. ESR has benefited from Norval’s leadership through his service on the Board of Advisors, including time as chair. He has spoken at several of ESR’s Leadership Conferences and says, “I am a strong believer in the need for Quaker outreach, growth, and leadership.  ESR provides the tools and environment to develop our Quaker leaders of tomorrow.”

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Susan Kaul

Susan Kaul, who is a member of Bethesda Friends Meeting, became a Quaker as a result of her volunteer involvement at the Quaker school her son attended. She knew that she wanted to pursue a master’s degree in religion but was not finding what she was looking for in the D.C. area when she came across an ad in Friends Journal for ESR.

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