Margit Bliss Orange ’57
Austin Area League of Women Voters member
Married to Arnold Orange for 28 years; mother, grandmother
“In May, I will attend my 55th Reunion. As I look forward to renewing friendships with former classmates and getting another glimpse of today’s campus and students, I’m more aware than ever of the importance of supporting Wheaton. I want to make sure that others get an opportunity to have the wonderful experience I had. With the access to educational loans being reduced because of the economy, my husband, Arnie, and I are very aware of the critical need for financial aid in order for Wheaton to recruit and retain highly qualified students with a variety of backgrounds and experiences. So we decided to contribute by pledging funds over the next five years for a Wheaton Fund scholarship and by establishing an endowed scholarship through a bequest. It’s great to know that the scholarships we support will help the promising students who otherwise might not have access to a Wheaton education.”
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Dean emerita of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts; retired deputy director of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
2008 Fellow, National Association of Schools of Art and Design; School of the Museum of Fine Arts 2010 Medal Award recipient
Trustee at Wheaton and Maine College of Art
“Wheaton was always there for me; now it’s my turn to be there for Wheaton. Beginning in my freshman year and continuing throughout my professional life, Wheaton faculty and staff encouraged me. They became the mentors who introduced me to my life’s work in the arts and directly assisted me as I applied to graduate school and sought my first job. My high regard for the value of my Wheaton education has grown over time and kept me involved—working with the Alumnae/i Association, my class, and, most recently, with the Board of Trustees. I know how important it is to build the college’s endowment, especially resources for scholarships. That’s why I have designated funds for scholarships through my estate plan. I want to enable future generations to experience the quality education and the powerful, supportive community that so defines Wheaton. I hope that my gift will help make a difference in the lives of others.”
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
Elena Drake Vandervoort ’67
Founding director and past president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation “Main Street” program in Bath, Maine; board member of Maine Maritime Museum, and Maine State Music Theatre; former board member of Sagadahoc Preservation, Inc.
“Wheaton has always been an important part of my life, and I continue to devote a great deal of my time to the college. I have been a class agent. I served on the committee that formed the college’s Friends of Art group. My late husband, Peter, and I had been on the President’s Commission for several terms, and I am continuing for an additional two terms. We had always felt strongly about the value of a broad liberal arts education and were as supportive financially as we could be for all of our schools, including setting up a gift annuity fund a number of years ago and the Peter and Elena Drake Vandervoort Scholarship at Wheaton. When we were reviewing our estate plan before Peter’s death, we decided that we wanted to do even more. So we agreed that Wheaton should receive a significant portion of our combined IRAs. Knowing that future students will benefit from the excellent education that I received is a great feeling.”
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.