Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

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

My gift. My way.

Helen Brown Leaman ’57Helen Brown Leaman ’57

Former president of Waynesborough Country Club, Paoli, Pa.

Volunteer for Elwyn, Inc., a human services organization 

Torch bearer, 2002 Olympics

Married to Richard Leaman Jr. for 55 years; mother of two; grandmother of six

“Wheaton has blessed my life in so many ways. It provided an environment that allowed me to be myself, and to get to know my professors and fellow students. Its uniqueness served as an incubator for learning, exploring and growing, and for developing treasured, lifelong friends. So, in considering ways to pay tribute to the college, my husband and I chose to establish an endowed scholarship in honor of my history professor, Nancy Norton. In the classroom, she demanded a great deal from us, but she made learning American history fun. And her eyes twinkled when she was playing tennis, cheering on the Red Sox, or just being the wonderful human being that she was. Today Wheaton is an extraordinary place, offering unlimited opportunities for learning. It is a privilege for us to support future generations by establishing the Nancy Norton Endowed Scholarship through our estate plan and by contributing now to an annual Wheaton Fund scholarship.”

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 wheatoncollege.edu/gift-planning.

Photo by Hunter Martin

Cynthia Locke Maier ’50

Retired bookkeeper and payroll preparer
Enjoys golfing, hiking, exploring ethnic cuisine
Volunteers for Therapeutic Riding of Tucson, Friends of the Pima Public Library and Meals on Wheels
Mother of three, grandmother of seven

"I entered Wheaton in 1946. I was one of four daughters and the third in college at the same time. I was not on scholarship but did work as a substitute in the college dining room. The money I earned provided me with funds for occasional trips and money for clothes that I would not have had otherwise. Right from the start I wanted to repay Wheaton so that others could benefit as I had. I started thinking about a charitable gift annuity (my mother had one), and I decided that it was the best way to support the college. It pays me interest for the rest of my life while also benefiting Wheaton. I am happy to say that I'm giving back a token of all that I have received."

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 wheatoncollege.edu/gift-planning.