Never too old to give
From M, winter 2005
Are generosity and longevity linked? Two recent endowment gifts to the U in support of students, both from centenarians, seem to indicate that you're never too old to be a role model for philanthropy.
The College of Pharmacy recently received a gift to help students advance their professional development through travel to conferences and other activities. Emerson Wulling, a former professor of literature at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and the son of the College of Pharmacy's founding dean, Frederick J. Wulling, created the $25,000 endowment with his wife, Jean. His own experience of helping students as a teacher inspired Wulling, long retired and now 101, to support the efforts of College of Pharmacy students who are pursing professional development opportunities. But this is not the first gift from Wulling for students. He has also given to a Pharmacy scholarship honoring his father since 1992.
"Though his specialty is literature, I think Emerson feels that he's still part of the pharmacy family," says Bruce Benson, associate director of professional relations, who has visited the couple in La Crosse several times over the past 20 years. "He's quite close to the college."
A scholarship for undergraduate students in the College of Nursing was established this fall with an estate gift from two sisters, Edith and Helen Guyor. Edith, the younger of the two sisters, died at the age of 102 this past summer. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, she earned three degrees from the U between 1920 and 1949, and went on to serve as a librarian in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Montana. Additionally, she worked as a cataloger for the Army and Navy in Washington, D.C., during World War II. Helen, who got a degree in nursing from the U in 1924 and went on to work at the Veterans Administration hospital in Minneapolis, passed away in 1987. "Helen was very kind and generous, a very giving person, just like you'd expect a nurse to be," says Carlette Northfield, whose father was one of the sisters' cousins. The sisters were not only kin to each other, Northfield says, but also fast friends.