Gift & Estate Planning
Remembering John Wesley, Haertter Hall's Caretaker
John Wesley was a member of the plant operations team from 1960 until shortly before his death in 1998, one of only a small number of faculty and staff members who devoted their entire careers to Burroughs. He was a championship boxer - a strong man with an even stronger character. Haertter Hall was only two years old when John started taking care of it, and he kept it shining. He befriended students and faculty, grew flowers on campus from seed and demonstrated over and over again that any job worth having was worthy of one's best efforts.
Shortly after John died, a modest scholarship endowment was established in his name by a retired faculty member. As word got out, others began contributing to the fund, and in 2008 the inaugural recipient of the John Wesley Scholarship was named. Dan Bomze '92, remembers John fondly: "John was a really special guy and a great friend. He was a man of few words, but his ingenuity and tireless work ethic were an inspiration to me. His legacy at Burroughs is something I'm very proud to support, and I'm delighted that his name and memory live on through this scholarship." Dan and his wife, Kathleen, have included a special gift to the scholarship in their estate plans as a way to honor John's memory and support the next generation of JBS students.
With Haertter Hall coming down later this spring and a new Haertter Hall rising this fall, it is appropriate that we take time to remember its longtime caretaker. And we're glad to see John's legacy live on, in perpetuity, through the faces of the young Burroughs students who are benefiting from these gifts.
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