Donor Stories

Launching Dreams, and Reflecting On Their Own

Four alums talk about what they’re setting in motion and propelling forward through their gifts to the Albion College Fund and Briton Scholarship Fund.

Lynne Futter Gilmore, ’74 Fort Wayne, Ind. An Indiana native, Gilmore visited several colleges before choosing to come to Albion. She said she felt most comfortable here and considered it a safe place to learn new skills. Her career after graduation included promoting Albion College by working as a recruiter in the Admission Office. She […]

An Inspiring Rally

Alums are stepping up to support the College’s tennis-court renovation project.

By John Perney There’s something about defending the home court that brings a team together. In this case, the opposition wasn’t a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association school, but rather the elements. Only these elements didn’t fall from the sky. They crept up from below. What had been a gradual cracking over many years of the […]

Instant Impact

A $1 million scholarship gift from Murray and Jean Swindell, ’56 ’58, is supporting bright students with financial need as it aims to enhance Albion’s recognition as a national leader among liberal arts colleges.

By Chuck Carlson It seemed like a good idea at the time. Then again most ideas do. As Murray Swindell, ’56, headed to graduate business school at the University of Michigan with his new bride, Jean, ’58, by his side, he made a bold promise to his new father-in-law. “He promised him that I’d graduate […]

‘Albion Opened My World’

“I’ve made my pledges over the years because I wanted other students to have the opportunity I had,” says Katherine Shindel, ’67, of her gifts to the Albion College Fund.

June 2019 | By Chuck Carlson Retired Air Force Chaplain Col. Katherine Shindel, ’67, plans to spend her 75th birthday next year somewhere in the neighborhood of the country of Sri Lanka as part of her trip around the world. And, in more ways than one, she thanks her years at Albion College for that. […]

Knowing She Can Always Come Home

Born and raised in Albion, Barbara Weiskittel’s love of community remains strong and, as a 2019 Commencement speaker, the 1983 alumna imparted that message to graduates.

May 2019 | By Chuck Carlson Barbara Weiskittel grew up on Maple Street in Albion. And, in many ways, she remains there to this day. Her bright apple green bedroom? That’s been repainted. The Christopher Reeve poster on her wall? That’s gone. But much remains and she keeps it in her heart and her soul […]

Game, Set, Match

Cheering the Britons on to victory comes naturally for Keith Roberts, ’81. His new avenue for Albion support—a $1.5 million matching gift to create endowed scholarships—is a clear winning strategy.

By Chuck Carlson Keith Roberts, ‘81, relates a story—OK, two stories—that reflect his love, his interest, his passion for Albion College. The first goes back to 1994 when the Albion College football team is playing in the NCAA Division III national championship semifinal against St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. “I called 10 buddies and […]

A Professor’s Heartfelt Legacy

The Larry and Sarah Steinhauer Endowed Scholarship is the first such gift awarded to an Albion student enrolled in the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program.

By Jake Weber Those who remember Larry Steinhauer may be surprised by Sarah Steinhauer’s recollection that as a graduate assistant in Florida, the future Albion economics professor taught in shorts and sandals. “After he retired, he never wore a tie again, either,” she says. “But at Albion, he may have been the last one to […]

Teeing Up a Tribute

Delta Sig members create the Peter Radowick, ’80, Student Assistance Fund.

By Chuck Carlson They called him “Rads.” And when Peter Radowick entered a room, everyone knew it. “He was extremely popular, extremely well liked,” says Kevin Roberts, a friend since their days together at Albion College. “You could call him a gentle giant in some ways. He never really had an enemy and I never […]

Scaling Up in Support of Albion

Already long known for giving, the family of Pat Sanford Brown, ’53, honors an amazing life with a new endowed scholarship for music students.

By Jake Weber Mary Brown Lenardson, ’85, remembers packing for her first year at Albion College, with some help from her mother, Pat Sanford Brown, ’53. “She gave me her biology lab notes, because we actually had one teacher in common—Ken Ballou,” Lenardson says, referencing the 1947 Albion alumnus. “She also gave me a bunch […]

Honoring a Friend and His Scholarship Road

An alum leads the push toward the creation of the Vournakis Endowed Legacy Scholarship.

By Chuck Carlson As a kid, John Vournakis understood only too well what it meant to get by with very little. He had grown up in Albion, the son of Nick and Pota Vournakis, Greek immigrants who opened the popular restaurant Nick’s Lunch on South Superior Street in the early 1940s. A good athlete but […]