Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

My gift. My way.

Dellie Smith Woodring ’62

Member, Board of Directors, Marin Village (California), a nonprofit that helps senior citizens

Founder and former executive director, Kentfield After School Center

Former member, Wheaton Board of Directors

Married to Doug Woodring; mother of two; grandmother of three 

“I am forever thankful for the well-rounded liberal arts education I received. Not a week has gone by in the past 50 years when I haven’t thought of Wheaton in one way or another. The college gave me the gift of learning to be an independent thinker. This has enabled me to undertake business endeavors and community activities with self-confidence. I am still in touch with several of my Wheaton friends, including classmates, faculty and staff members. I am grateful for these long-lasting relationships and how they continue to enrich my life. My husband, Doug, and I married the summer after my graduation. Wheaton is a natural fit for our long-range estate planning, as he was a frequent visitor to the campus (from Brown University), and we both appreciate the lifelong benefits I have received from Wheaton. I feel fortunate that I’m able to give back in the form of annual contributions and a charitable gift annuity. Supporting Wheaton and maintaining the vitality of its educational program is a high priority for me as we face the challenges of higher education in today’s world.”

Photo by Danielle Mourning ’99

My gift. My way.

Cornelia Lee Clifford Wareham ’74

Learning specialist, the Chapin School, New York

Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center board chair for eight years; honoree at 2011 benefit 

Wife of Raymond Wareham for 37 years; mother of three, grandmother of one

“I was brought up in a family in which education was not only valued but considered, as my mother always said, ‘the one thing that you could never lose.’ My education certainly confirms that on many levels. Wheaton provided me with all that I could have asked for—inspirational professors, terrific extracurricular activities, and lifelong friendships. The college continues to be a special place for me many years after graduation. Luckily, I married someone who feels just as strongly about education as I do. Supporting education has always been a priority in our giving. We have contributed to the new Mars Center for Science and Technology, in keeping with our respect for the sciences. We have enthusiastically supported scholarship programs, hoping to make a difference in the lives of students. And we have included Wheaton in our estate plan, to continue our commitment well into the future.”

Cornelia Lee Clifford Wareham ’74

Cornelia Lee Clifford Wareham ’74Learning specialist, the Chapin School, New York

Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center board chair for eight years; honoree at 2011 benefit 

Wife of Raymond Wareham for 37 years; mother of three, grandmother of one

“I was brought up in a family in which education was not only valued but considered, as my mother always said, ‘the one thing that you could never lose.’ My education certainly confirms that on many levels. Wheaton provided me with all that I could have asked for—inspirational professors, terrific extracurricular activities, and lifelong friendships. The college continues to be a special place for me many years after graduation. Luckily, I married someone who feels just as strongly about education as I do. Supporting education has always been a priority in our giving. We have contributed to the new Mars Center for Science and Technology, in keeping with our respect for the sciences. We have enthusiastically supported scholarship programs, hoping to make a difference in the lives of students. And we have included Wheaton in our estate plan, to continue our commitment well into the future.”

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.

Christina “Chris” Toro ’89Christina “Chris” Toro ’89

Associate director, Office of Leadership Giving, MIT

Board member, Countryside Children’s Center, Newton, Mass.

Married to Bonnie Leonard for eight years; mother of two

“I have always felt grateful for my Wheaton education and knew that I wanted to give back in a significant way. Before I entered my first year at Wheaton, my mom insisted that I try to repay, in the form of philanthropy, the financial aid assistance that I received. By making a legacy gift in support of scholarships, I can honor my mom as well as help future generations of Wheaton students. This decision is more emotional than practical for me. I’m a great believer in a liberal arts education and Wheaton’s mission. As a graduate of the Class of 1989, I want to make a statement that my time at Wheaton was nurturing yet academically challenging, and that it prepared me for life beyond the Dimple.”

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.

David Marshall photo