We are thankful for those who have made an estate gift to John Burroughs School. Here are their stories.
What Is a Legacy?
Beloved receptionist Susie Wilson spent her career at JBS inspiring others with her kindness and vibrant smile. To honor her love and devotion for the school, her family and friends established a scholarship in her name to help others attend JBS.
Endowing the Best of Burroughs
John Wesley devoted his entire career to Burroughs. As the caretaker of Haertter Hall, John's work ethic and friendly demeanor touched the lives of students and faculty alike.
Glenn Johnson Sheffield '54 has been a positive force in the St. Louis community for many years and in many ways. The former mayor of Webster Groves served countless hours on volunteer boards as an involved and invested citizen, and continues to support the arts and education in the St. Louis area.
Making “Someday” Happen Today
Support for Burroughs comes in many forms—gifts for today and gifts for the future. If you want to make an impact now and later, consider combining your annual gift with a planned gift.
Burroughs Students Say “Thank You”
Estate gifts make a Burroughs education a real possibility for many students. Thanks in part to thoughtful gifts from members of the JBS community, 22 percent of students during the 2016-17 school year are the recipients of tuition aid support. Read what some of these students have to say about their Burroughs experience.
A Lasting Thank You
When asked in 2001 how she felt about joining the JBS Class of 1932 her junior year, the late Margaret Chamberlain Hamilton said, "It was like Dorothy arriving in the Land of Oz. I loved the things I saw. I was scared. I didn't have any idea how I was going to make it." But Margaret ended up thriving at JBS, rising quickly through the ranks to become the "speaker of the class" at graduation.
Leonard Furlow '48: Still Fleet of Foot
Dr. Leonard Furlow '48 has never been one to stand still for very long. A combination of circumstance and happenstance has led him to interesting places all over the globe. In sixth grade at Flynn Park Elementary School in 1942, he had expected to join the Burroughs Class of '48 as a seventh grader, but that changed when his father, a neurosurgeon, was called into service with the U.S. Navy Medical Corps and the family moved to California.
True-Blue and Gold (pants)
To those who know him, the fact that John Minton '46 has remembered Burroughs in his estate planning will come as no surprise. John, who celebrated his 70th reunion with classmates in 2016, is a loyal supporter of all things Burroughs. His true-blue and gold spirit was clearly revealed in his choice of apparel for the 2013 Athletic Center opening.
A Can-Do Attitude
Glenn Johnson Sheffield '54 has been a positive force in the St. Louis community for many years, and in many ways. The former Mayor of Webster Groves serves countless hours on volunteer boards, is an involved and invested citizen, and supports the arts and education in the St. Louis area. Burroughs holds a special place among the lucky group of organizations she supports. Several years ago, Glenn informed the school she had included JBS in her estate plans.
A Certain Symmetry
When Evey and John Schweig '76 decided to include Burroughs in their estate planning, it had everything to do with John's feelings toward the school and a little something to do with symmetry. "Burroughs is important to me," says John. "My friends from Chicago who are also in their fifties always seem a bit shocked that I'm still so connected to the people I went to high school with. I start describing it and they're like, 'Wow, I get it!' I think they're actually a little jealous!"
Holekamp Family Chair in Athletics Honors Athletic Directors Past and Present
The $45 million Campaign for Burroughs transformed 40 percent of the campus, including athletic facilities, performing arts spaces and student areas. The campaign also strengthened the school's endowment. Kerry and Bill Holekamp '66 are longtime supporters of Burroughs. When they gave their most recent gift to the campaign, they were able to double their giving through a legacy gift-half as an outright gift and half through an insurance policy.
Endowing the Arts at Burroughs
Our founders envisioned an environment where the arts would belong "not on the decorative fringes of education but close to the center of it." Gifts made during the past 50 years have ensured the legacy of this vision and strengthened it. Gifts honoring Kerry Kuehner '68, Joanna Collins '47, Frannie Martin and Arthur Bonsack '31 have provided funds to support the visual arts at Burroughs and grow the school's permanent art collection.