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Our Donors

Learn more about BU's thoughtful philanthropists


  • Chuck Cornelio	(LAW'84)
    Chuck Cornelio (LAW'84)
    After graduating, Charles "Chuck" Cornelio (LAW'84) practiced law and then leveraged his preparation and experience into top leadership roles in Fortune 500 financial services companies.
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  • Stuart Siegel (CAS'67, MED'67)
    Stuart Siegel (CAS'67, MED'67)
    Medicine beckoned early for Stuart Siegel (CAS'67, MED'67), and Boston University's six-year combined BA/MD program offered the quickest-and most affordable-path to his career of choice.
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  • Testimonial — P. O'Dea Coughlin
    Testimonial — P. O'Dea Coughlin
    P. O'Dea Coughlin came to the Boston University School of Public Health (SPH) because she was enthused by the School's plans-its curriculum, its philosophy, and the fact that it was new.
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  • A Pioneer in Literacy Education Leaves a Lasting Impact at BU
    A Pioneer in Literacy Education Leaves a Lasting Impact at BU
    A charitable trust set up by Margaret J. Early (PAL'45, GRS'48, SED'54) allows doctoral students at the School of Education to follow in her footsteps
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  • Paying Tribute to a Favorite Professor
    Paying Tribute to a Favorite Professor
    George Hansen (Questrom'41) doubted he could afford to finish his education and was committed to finding a way of paying it forward
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  • Sustaining Space Science
    Sustaining Space Science
    BU Astronomy Professor Ted Fritz makes students the focus by motivating alumni to give as well
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  • Giving Back to the Source of Learning
    Giving Back to the Source of Learning
    Joy Rohman commemorates the life of her husband Michael (MED'50) through an endowed scholarship at the School of Medicine
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  • Class Spirit, and a Suite Remembrance
    Class Spirit, and a Suite Remembrance
    Dr. Roberta Apfel's (MED'62, MED'62) planned gift will help her class endow a suite in the School of Medicine's new Medical Student Residence in honor of their 50th reunion
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  • Living Simply and Giving Generously
    Living Simply and Giving Generously
    Harold Kropitzer (LAW'49) attended BU School of Law on the GI Bill and through his estate created an endowed scholarship for future generations of law students
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  • A Transcontinental Alumnus Values His BU Family
    A Transcontinental Alumnus Values His BU Family
    Giving thanks for his BU family, Al Petras (CAS'78) will ensure lasting support for his beloved Men's Hockey program
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  • Celebrating Three BUSM Doctors in the Family
    Celebrating Three BUSM Doctors in the Family
    Dr. Carl Olsson (MED'63) and his wife Mary give in honor of their family's BUSM legacy
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  • A World Traveler Added to Her Family's Long Legacy at BU
    A World Traveler Added to Her Family's Long Legacy at BU
    Ernestine O'Connell (CAS'43, GRS'46, SED'58) generously enhanced the memorial scholarship created by her mother in 1961, making the largest bequest in BU history
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  • Inspiring Tomorrow's Innovators
    Inspiring Tomorrow's Innovators
    Dr. Michael Apuzzo (MED'65) cites the School of Medicine as a turning point in his life and through his scholarship he hopes to "instigate creativity" in today's medical students
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  • Setting a Philanthropic Example
    Setting a Philanthropic Example
    Mary Jane England (MED'64), a longtime leader and advocate for health care issues, found an effective way to give back and to receive, setting the School of Public Health on a stronger path
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  • Nurturing the Next Generation of Historical Music Performers
    Nurturing the Next Generation of Historical Music Performers
    The timing was right for Robin (CFA'66) and Robert Margeson to honor their passion for historical performance at the College of Fine Arts while achieving tax-advantaged benefits
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  • An education that framed a law career
    An education that framed a law career
    Paul Lipsitt (LAW'52) is honoring the strong ties he has to the School of Law, both professional and personal
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  • A Pioneer Pays Back: Faculty Gift Supports Future Scientists And Honors A Friend
    A Pioneer Pays Back: Faculty Gift Supports Future Scientists And Honors A Friend
    Growing up the daughter of Russian immigrants in the 1940s, Dr. Susan Leeman achieved success as a BUSM professor and chose to honor a colleague's memory with a gift to advance research
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  • Showing Their Gratitude For Guidance and Support
    Showing Their Gratitude For Guidance and Support
    Donna and Doug Barnard, BUSM graduates of the class of 1965, extended their support by creating a charitable remainder unitrust to benefit the student residence on the MED campus
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  • Donor achieves A Hat Trick
    Donor achieves A Hat Trick
    Jay Burnett (CAS'70) found a way to combine his gratitude to BU, his love for hockey and sound financial planning
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  • Being Part of BU is Part of His Life
    Being Part of BU is Part of His Life
    John Connery (CAS'69) made a gift in his will to help future students share in the BU experience
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  • Practicing Inspired Philanthropy
    Practicing Inspired Philanthropy
    Larry (Questrom'57) and Honey Langsam show their gratitude by supporting the Questrom School of Business and BU facilities
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  • BU Through and Through
    BU Through and Through
    Beverly Abegg (CFA'64, GRS'68) may be one of Boston University's biggest fans, and is a passionate supporter of student scholarships
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  • With the Help of Others, For the Benefit of Others
    With the Help of Others, For the Benefit of Others
    Don (DGE'48, Questrom'51) and Alberta Morrison, grateful for the financial aid they received, set up a charitable gift annuity for BU scholarships
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  • A BU Love Story: Couple Gives Back Through Gift Annuities
    A BU Love Story: Couple Gives Back Through Gift Annuities
    Ernest (CAS'55) and Diana Geigis (CAS'56) found each other and a worthwhile cause to support at BU
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  • His Philanthropy Takes Many Forms, Helps In Many Ways
    His Philanthropy Takes Many Forms, Helps In Many Ways
    Dr. Albert Ghassemian's planned gifts generously honor the memory of his wife Ginger and will ease the burden of educational debt for many BU students
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  • An Incurable Case of Generosity
    An Incurable Case of Generosity
    Dr. Burton Golub (MED '65), an infectious disease specialist, sets up scholarship funding at the School of Medicine
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  • A Love for Nature and a Sense of Service
    A Love for Nature and a Sense of Service
    Annamarie Hayes-Eggert (CAS '47, GRS '48, SED '78) generously supports a program at BU that embodies her love of nature
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  • Engineering a Gift
    Engineering a Gift
    Karen Kullas (ENG'77) took a small action to strengthen the future of the Biomedical Engineering Department at the College of Engineering
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  • Honoring his wife's memory
    Honoring his wife's memory
    Saul Kurlat knew that endowing a scholarship at the School of Law in memory of Gitta (Questrom'63, LAW'65) would transform the lives of many worthy students
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  • Opening Access to Science and Technology Education
    Opening Access to Science and Technology Education
    Esther A. H. Hopkins (CAS'47) transformed a gift from one generation into a lasting gift for future generations at BU
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  • Ensuring BU Will Be There For Students
    Ensuring BU Will Be There For Students
    Sumner (CAS'54, DGE'52) and Shirley Sachs are devoted to each other and to ensuring students continue to have access to a BU education
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  • A Passion, A Focus, A Gift for Tuberculosis Research
    A Passion, A Focus, A Gift for Tuberculosis Research
    Dr. Edward F. Parsons (MED'65) has dedicated over 25 years to studying tuberculosis and through his thoughtful planning, he's ensuring that important research will continue
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