Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

My gift. My way.

Pamela Harris Johnston '65Pamela Harris Johnston ’65

  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute president and member of the Libraries Advancement Council at the University of Oregon
  • Married to Roy Johnston, mother of four, grandmother of four

“In advance of my 50th class Reunion, which will be in May, I fulfilled a dream to endow a named scholarship at Wheaton in honor of my parents, John and Elizabeth Harris. Although fully funding a scholarship is beyond my reach currently, I realized I could make a bequest with a gift through estate planning. Like my parents, I believe that an excellent liberal arts education helps one to live life abundantly and make a difference in the world. As an educator and advancement officer at both private and public universities, I am delighted to see how Wheaton has evolved and continues to thrive. The college offers many opportunities to a broad spectrum of students for scholastic and experiential learning, research, independent study, service, study abroad, and on-campus activities. The experience of a strong liberal arts education is why I have stayed involved with Wheaton over the years through area alumnae/i groups, leadership weekends, campaigns and Reunions. My goal is to give future students the benefit of a Wheaton education, and to establish a legacy of giving for my own children and grandchildren.”

Your gift. Your way.

Learn how you can give for the future right now. Contact the Office of Gift Planning at 508-286-3459 or online at wheatoncollege.edu/gift-planning.

Audrey MacLeod Schneiderman ’48

My Gift My Way SchneidermanMarried for 39 years to the late Howard Schneiderman; mother of two 

University of California medal recipient

Although it has been 66 years since my graduation, I still feel close to Wheaton. I continue to be connected to the lifelong friends I made, and I have enjoyed the many Reunions I have attended. As a student, I was grateful beyond words to receive a four-year full scholarship, and surprised and thankful at graduation to receive a grant from Wheaton to help pay for graduate school. No wonder my heart has belonged to Wheaton all my life. Through the years, my late husband, Howard, and I had a goal to give something back each year, to thank Wheaton for my wonderful education. One year, Howard established an endowed scholarship in my name as a birthday present. I, now, in return, support an annual Wheaton Fund scholarship in his name. Wheaton also is in my estate plans, and I am making gifts right now through my IRA. My hope is that in the future these gifts will benefit students, so that they, too, “may have life and may have it abundantly.”

Your gift. Your way.

Learn how you can give for the future right now. Call the Office of Gift Planning at 508-286-3459 or visit online at wheatoncollege.edu/gift-planning.

My gift. My way.

Bev Decker ReedBeverly “Bev” Decker Reed ’64

  • Retired vice president of resource development for Pathfinder International
  • Member of the board of WomensTrust, a nonprofit organization seeking to alleviate poverty in Ghana 
  • Reunion gift committee co-chair and 50th Reunion co-chair 
  • Married for 14 years to William Reed; mother of three; stepmother of two; grandmother of 13

“Each time I hear or sing the words from the ‘Wheaton Hymn’—’Yet early founders still are we’—I feel both gratitude and pride for my alma mater. And each time I visit the campus or read an article on the website, I am reminded of all the opportunities for growth and learning I was given, and students today are receiving. I feel part of a continuum that has shaped me as an individual and Wheaton as an institution. For many years, I have given my annual gift to the Wheaton Fund, yet always wished that I could do more—could contribute in a meaningful way to the continuum that is Wheaton. My husband and I decided that, in celebration of our 50th college reunions at our respective schools, we would make special gifts to express our gratitude for the colleges that made such a difference in our lives. By creating a charitable gift annuity, I am able to keep an income stream that I need now, and provide a larger gift than I dreamed possible, which will be part of the Wheaton endowment in perpetuity.”

Your gift. Your way.

Learn how you can give for the future right now. Call the Office of Gift Planning at 508-286-3459 or online at wheatoncollege.edu/gift-planning

Lorna Brookes Russell ’64

Lorna Carlson '64 and husband Russell CarlsonOrganist at St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church (Maine); retired French teacher 

President of The Sandy Point Water Company (Maine), an investor-owned utility 

Married for 49 years to Carlton Russell, Wheaton professor of music and college organist emeritus

“Wheaton changed my life. The challenging academics, the caring faculty, and the opportunities for leadership and creative endeavors shaped the person I became. When people wonder how a retired French teacher and church organist with a liberal arts degree can be running a small water company, I simply tell them it’s my Wheaton education at work. I could not have attended Wheaton without substantial scholarship aid, and my deep gratitude for that has meant loyal support of the Wheaton Fund. The college has always been in our will, but we also wanted to do something special for my upcoming 50th Reunion. Endowing a scholarship seemed at first an impossible stretch for two retired educators, but the Gift Planning staff worked with us to set it up in a way that we could afford, turning around deferred retirement income to our benefit tax-wise, and to the benefit of future scholarship students. During my 45 years on the Wheaton campus, as student and faculty wife, I watched the college change, and, yet, in its essence and mission, remain the same. Carlton and I honor that ‘holding fast to what is good’ with our support.”

Learn how you can give for the future right now. Call the Office of Gift Planning at 508-286-3459 or online at wheatoncollege.edu/gift-planning