1746 Society


Giving Back

   Princetonians of every generation are united through the tradition of giving back. The reasons are as diverse as they are. Many who received financial aid as undergraduates are eager to provide the same kind of assistance to current and future students. 
   Some want to provide young men and women with an education equal to the extraordinary one they experienced. Others have a keen interest in a particular area of study and want to support students and faculty members in that discipline. A number want to keep fellow alumni engaged with Old Nassau and to help the University recruit new generations of Princetonians. Still others want to provide new buildings and facilities to ensure that the University has the physical resources it needs to stay on the leading edge of teaching and learning. 

   The 1746 Society is Princeton’s program for honoring and thanking those who have arranged a planned gift or bequest to the University. The Office of Planned Giving has enabled many alumni to Give Back using one of these popular formats:

  • Charitable Remainder TrustLifetime payments to donor may grow over time; future support to Princeton Programs.
  • Charitable Gift AnnuityLifetime payments to donor at fixed rate (currently 6.8%); future support to Princeton programs.
  • Charitable Lead TrustCurrent support to Princeton Programs; future gifts to heirs with gift/ estate tax savings.
  • Bequest to Princeton in your willEstate tax savings; future support to Princeton programs.  

   Learn more about how life income gifts can benefit you and/or a loved one -- and Princeton.

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A Legend in Creating Legacies Shares How to Protect Yours

William D. Zabel '58

   In a nearly 50-year career, William D. Zabel ’58 has earned legendary status among estate and tax planners for his work with high-net-worth individuals. His client list includes names ranging from Annenberg to Chrysler to Soros.

Zabel shared his wisdom with alumni at Reunions 2017. His advice for protecting loved ones and personal legacies through thoughtful estate planning included these cautionary notes:

  • There is no sacrosanct will.
  • Beware protective clauses.
  • Even boilerplate in a will has to be reviewed frequently.

Zabel also sprinkled his talk with quips from Winston Churchill—the subject of his senior thesis—and inspiring quotes from other luminaries. Riffing on words by Senator Robert F. Kennedy on sending out “a ripple of hope,” Zabel said of making a planned gift to Princeton: “I think I can say if you send out your own ripples, the effects will fill you with satisfaction and delight and make your own lives more complete.”

Listen to or download highlights of Zabel’s talk at: http://giving.princeton.edu/gpreunions2017#video

   If you have questions or would like to discuss gift options, please don't hesitate to call us at the Office of Gift Planning. Contact me or another member of Princeton's gift planning team at  giving.princeton.edu   or call 609.258.6318.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Rochelle A. Makela-Goodman

Director of Gift Planning



   R. Gordon Douglas '55 gave Princeton a house in Connecticut near where he lives with his wife, Sheila Mahoney. "When I did the math," he said, "this came out well for

me. It ensured income for us, as well as allowing us to make a substantial gift to

Princeton -- a classic win-win situation."

     They are active members of his class, which he served as president from its 50th

to 55th reunion, and Douglas loyally contributes to  Annual Giving. "I give to Princeton because it stands for quality," he said. "I know that when I make a contribution it will be well managed and support what I believe in." Though his trust is not yet allocated,

Douglas says it will be directed toward some aspect of health. 



December 2017

Willi S. Ames
James F. Babcock
Roger L. Barron
Gayle Y. Barron S55
Peter S. Birk
Markley H. Boyer
James M. Brachman
William P. Burks
Roger L. Campbell
Robert H. Collier
Frank T. Crews, Jr.
A. Blair Crownover
John W. Cruikshank, III
Robert V. S. Davis, Jr.*
Milton J. Deitch
George C. Denniston
R. Gordon Douglas, Jr.

Richard H. Evans
Allen E. Everett*
Marylee Everett S55* 
Lewis F. Fargo
John P. Fenlon *
Mrs. B. M. Fitzsimmons P55 * 
Raymond F. Fitzsimmons *
 Raymond C. Freeman, Jr.
David H. Fulmer
Richard O. Funsch

Peter R. Genereaux

A. Reynolds Gordon  
William P. Graham, III *
Patrick M. Growney*  
John D. Hamilton, Jr.
Peter P. Hawryluk J.
Marshall Hemphill

John Henn*  
Richard L. Herbruck*  
Ronald J. Hess
        Mable I. Hill S55        
Robert L. Hill
Albert P. Hinkley Jr
William M.Hopkins Jr*

Peter Jefferys

Jerome A. Johnson
Kendall K. Kane *
Gay K. Kane W55
Herbert J. Kaufmann
H. Felix Kloman, II
Jeremiah D. Lambert
Myron S. Lee
Margaret S. Lee S55
Peter B. Lewis*  
John T. Maltsberger*  
Hella S. M. McVay S55
Scott McVay
Peter T. Milano

Christine M. Milano S55

William W. Mills Jr.   
Roger V. Moseley 

Caroline R. Moseley S55*  
Frank F. Mountcastle, Jr.

Bob M. Olson

James Park Jr

Katharine R. Park S55

Arthur E. Pew, III 

Mrs. Gene M. Phillips W55  
Donald C. Pote
Lawrence M. Puck
Donald C. Pulcipher *  
Michael D. Robbins*

John P. Roos

Gerald H. Rosen  
Robert J. Ruben

Barry S. Savits

Barry Schenk  
Marc D. Schwartz 

Richard H. Strickler
Jeffrey W. Traenkle
Charles A. Warder
Henry Wendt
Robert H. Wier
Nelson H. Wild
Alan M. Willemsen
Richard H. Willis
Paul M. Wythes *
Anonymous (5)

   * Deceased

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