Celebrating Three Centuries of Special Donors who Shaped Our Universities

Dear Friends,

My free webinar on January 25 may be of interest to alumni and friends of six universities and colleges affiliated with the Princeton Club of New York: Columbia University, Fordham University, Georgetown University, New York University, Princeton University, and Williams College.

Modeled on an award-winning session I produced for Princeton in 2019, this will be a beautifully-illustrated celebration of bequest donors and their gifts.

Members of the Princeton Club of NY should register through the website. Others may use this link: https://wp.me/pb878a-iv

The Princeton Club’s announcement for the webinar is below.  I hope we will have a large audience for this historic session. Thank you for spreading the word!



Celebrating Three Centuries of Special Donors who Shaped our Universities
with Ron Brown ’72

Monday, January 25
5:00PM Virtual Program
Free for Members
Hosted by Christine Loomis

From founding gifts in the 1700’s to today, colleges and universities affiliated with PCNY have depended on gifts from people’s estates to provide student financial aid, train medical scientists, endow named professorships, construct new buildings, and other important purposes.

Meet some of your alma mater’s historical donors in this beautifully-illustrated celebration of important bequests for American higher education, featuring gifts that shaped Columbia University, Fordham University, Georgetown University, New York University, Princeton University, and Williams College.

Ron Brown ’72 is America’s leading authority on the history of planned giving. He published A History of Charitable Gift Planning in 2017 and provides new research on his website at www.giftplanninghistory.org. He directed the Planned Giving Office at Princeton University for 15 years and served in similar positions with Columbia University, Fordham University, the Pratt Institute, United Way of America, and the National Wildlife Federation. He served on the boards of the American Council on Gift Annuities and the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners.

The Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York selected Ron for its Distinguished Service Award in 2019.

Ron became a professional historian while serving with the US Naval Historical Center in Washington, DC. A retired Commander in the US Naval Reserve, he received two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals for historical writing and research. He received an AB degree in English literature and philosophy from Princeton and an MA from the University of Chicago, where he studied the history of ideas and edited News & Notes, the newsletter of the Oriental Institute.

He is a member of Princeton University’s Planned Giving Advisory Committee, Treasurer of the Friends of the Princeton University Library, and member of the executive committee for the Princeton Class of 1972.

Ron has two children and two grandchildren, and lives in Brooklyn Heights.

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