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“Bearing in mind the amount of student debt incurred by college students today, it is my hope that my gift to Becker will alleviate that burden for one of our students each year”.
John received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Iowa, then relocated to Worcester in 1966. Since 1998, he has served as of counsel at the Worcester-based law firm Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP. Prior to joining the firm, he was senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary of the Paul Revere Companies for 21 years and a staff attorney for 10 years prior. He has also served as chair of the Board of Directors for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; as a trustee for UMass Memorial Health Care; and as chair and former campaign chair of the United Way of Central Massachusetts Investment Committee. John was appointed to the Becker College Board of Trustees in 2011, presently serving as Secretary. In June, John made a five-figure leadership Planned Gift to the College.
“Ernie” arrived on the Leicester Junior College campus in the fall of 1958 from Hartford, Connecticut. He served as Sophomore Class Treasurer, was a member of the Gold Key Society, International Honor Society and Student Council, and played on the tennis team. He returned to Connecticut after graduating and worked for more than 30 years at the Frasse-Bassett Steel Co. He retired to Stuart, FL, where he has lived for over 35 years. During his retirement, Ernie has traveled extensively in the U.S. and Europe, and also enjoys time at his apartment in Portugal. Because, according to Ernie, “Leicester Junior College filled a void in my life,” he made a very generous six-figure planned gift to Becker College.
“I have established an endowed scholarship fund because I have a true regard for Becker’s mission and its history,” says Mrs. Settle. “I am astounded at Becker today and impressed with President Johnson and his goals for the future of the College.”
Judith Hulbert was a resident of Maple Hall while pursuing her medical secretarial degree and enjoyed the Glee Club, Kappa Omicron Kappa, and parties. After graduating in 1959 she made her way west to Los Angeles where she enjoyed a career working in the then nascent cosmetic surgery industry.
Later in life, she met her husband, Cornelius “Corny” Leondes, Ph.D., a professor of engineering at UCLA, and they eventually retired to Carlsbad, Calif. There Judith dove headfirst into her second career as a sculptor mainly working in the bronze medium. Judith and Cornelius travelled extensively throughout the United States and Europe and enjoyed collecting antiques and fine art.
When it came time to plan their estate, they chose to support Becker College with a bequest in their will. Their generosity resulted in one of the largest testamentary gifts in the history of the College and it will soon be used to update a residence hall on campus. We will be forever grateful to Judith and Corny as they have enabled Becker to better fulfill its educational mission.
* Judith and Cornelius chose to remember Becker via their wills. This method of philanthropy allows the donor(s) to retain custody and control of their assets during their lifetimes but their wills then specify that a particular sum or percentage of their estates, upon death, passes to Becker. In addition, this particular mechanism allows the donor to designate the ultimate usage of their gift. Some examples: named scholarships, improvement of facilities, funding of an academic chair, etc.
“It is a privilege for me to support an institution that continues to provide the foundation for so many success stories.”
Gayle is just one of many Becker College success stories. A native of Palmer, Mass., she received her associate’s degree in retail fashion and worked in the retail industry locally before moving to California. She was able to use the skills, knowledge, and level of success learned through Becker to transfer into the telecommunications industry and has enjoyed a varied career in this field for 30 years in San Diego.
Gayle has chosen to designate Becker College as a beneficiary in her will to help ease the financial burden of today’s Becker College students. “Education is so important,” she says. “Becker College continues to lead the way in creating a great learning and living environment for its students. I have seen the many exciting campus improvements that have been made since my graduation, and I truly believe Becker prepares young people for personal and professional success. That is why I want to do what I can to support the students.”
Gayle is a project manager at Strategic Products & Services (SPS). She resides in San Diego with her husband George McCarroll, a civil engineer.