Donor Stories


As Joyce and Rod Chandler ’68 discussed their estate plans, they reflected on their experiences including Rod’s service as a U.S. Congressman. What, they pondered, is most needed for future generations?
Benton Hall Legacy Society member Maggie Martin ’69 believes that reversing the trend of rising obesity and chronic disease will require better nutrition education, starting at the dinner table and the farmers’ market. She established charitable gift annuities to support OSU programs related to healthy eating.
In the 1940s, when Richard Hatchard was studying civil engineering at Oregon State, smog obscured Portlanders’ view of Mount Hood two-thirds of the time. We have Richard to thank for helping to clear the air.
Dachshunds are little dogs with big personalities. And tiny as she was, a rescue dog named Maude created a big legacy at OSU – one that lives on through an endowed scholarship for veterinary medicine students with interest in shelter medicine.
Fifty years ago Mike Haggard helped Beaver football make history. The walk-on player turned Giant Killer is making another giant contribution to Oregon State through his estate.
"Charitable Gift Annuities and Charitable Remainder Trusts are a great approach to giving. These kinds of gifts provide immediate benefits to us as the donors through tax deductions and secure income, and at the same time ensure substantial benefits to future generations of engineers at OSU."
Internationally celebrated mathematician and biologist Michael Waterman ’64, ’66, understands the pressing need to support future scientists, especially first-generation college students from less privileged communities. His planned bequest will create the second largest scholarship endowment fund for College of Science students.
Henry Fehrenbacher never had the chance to finish his college degree, but he loved science and he loved the ocean. To honor his memory, his daughter Gretchen has arranged for an estate gift that will create the first endowed Ph.D. fellowship in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.
“If the hazelnut industry is going to thrive here in Oregon, we have to think ahead. That’s where OSU is critical. Oregon State is the agricultural school. Simply, they’re the best at what Linda and I want to see done.”
Sandy and Joanie Sandborg were faithful supporters of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. They joked that their house would be a great retreat center for stressed-out Institute scientists. But they thought it could be even more useful to the Institute.
Orchard View Farms has been in the family of Bob and Barbara Bailey for four generations. To ensure that OSU always produces research vital to cherry and pear growers, they are creating an endowment through a generous gift in the form of a retained life estate.
Former Beaver football player Bob Riggert never really left the Oregon State team. And because of his generosity, even though Bob passed away this January, at age 82, his legacy will always stand in OSU Athletics.
"Our bequest is going to support scholarships at Oregon State. We believe there’s no greater gift than that of knowledge, and we hope our gift will help continue to bring the best and the brightest to OSU. We hope they leverage their education, fulfill their dreams, and have an impact for themselves, others, and the world. If that happens, not only will we have 'paid back' Oregon State, but we’ll also be paying it forward."
"A global perspective is becoming even more important as the world becomes more interconnected. I hope my charitable trust contributes to a strong international business department at Oregon State and helps prepare future generations of students to be successful in an international business environment and a global market."
In the mid-1970s Bruce Mate was an OSU marine extension agent with a brilliant idea but no research funding. Luckily, he had an extraordinary partner: his wife, Mary Lou. Flash forward 40-some years and learn how the Marine Mammal Institute grew from this humble beginning – and how the couple’s planned bequest will help it continue to advance.
As Margaret Anderson ’49 planned her Oregon State legacy, she remembered her own training as an educator more than 60 years ago. Her unique endowed fund in the College of Education – funded in part through a life income gift – will assure that aspiring teachers have quality experiences as they develop their skills.
Jeff and Doreen Hunter are making an extraordinary investment in the future of OSU's College of Veterinary Medicine and the well-being of horses and dogs through their estate plans.
Students like Michael Hobernicht will benefit for many years to come through the scholarship created by Mike ’64, ’67, and Mary ’68 Inoue. Their gift of a rental house to the OSU Foundation funds a charitable remainder trust that pays the couple retirement income for life, and ultimately will help students thrive.
The Depression was a hard time for anyone to get a college education, but Elsie Crail Richardson had to go it alone, orphaned with five siblings when she was just 14. Hard work and persistence paid off, and she proudly graduated from Oregon State in 1931, followed by her daughter Helen in 1966.
Throughout his life, Marion Matteson appreciated and benefited from the helpful timberland management advice he received from the OSU College of Forestry and its alumni. A lifelong resident of the Scoggins Valley area in Washington County, he decided to bequeath his forested property to Oregon State: the college's newest demonstration forest.