Personal Donor Stories

Holly Donaldson Casella '07

As I approach my 10th reunion this May, I reflect on all Taft has given me over the years—a first-class education, opportunities to lead and to take risks, lifelong friends, confidence, and the capability to articulate and pursue ideas, among many other things. Reflecting on all my happy memories at Taft and, more recently, at the weddings of my closest Taft friends, I struggle to imagine my life without the four years I spent in Watertown.

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Larry Weidemier '59

He knew he wanted to do something. He also knew he was going to need a sorting process, a tiebreaker, to single out the plan he wanted.

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Leslie B. Littlejohn, 'P03, '05

As a former parent and trustee of the Taft School, my thoughts have been shaped by our children's experiences as students and our involvement with Taft.

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Headmaster Willy MacMullen'78, P'14,16, "Endowment is Destiny"

"I was asked by a parent, 'What legacy do you want to leave?' I recall answering, "I hope to leave the school even stronger than it was when I became headmaster."

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Frank H. Blatz, Jr.'54, P'82, "It is Our Turn to Ensure Taft's Future."

"As an alumnus of Taft, Class of 1954; the father of son Gregory '82, and the grandfather of two students currently enrolled at Taft, Caroline '13 and Margaret '15, I believe I have a good 'feel' for the Taft experience, which now spans three generations."

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Drummond C. Bell III'63, P'90,'92, "A Trustee's Perspective."

"As an alumnus, parent of two Taft graduates, trustee of the school and co-chair of the development committee, I have a deep loyalty for Taft - I'm committed to building a strong future for our great school."

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Peter V. Buttenheim'60, P'84, "Paying it forward."

"A bequest is a small way for me to pay it forward and to say thank you to Taft for the many inestimable bonds that have been a part of my life for the fifty-four years since I graduated."

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Why did Hank Brauer '74 P'08,'09,'10 decide to establish a deferred gift annuity at Taft?

"It was an elegant way to make a gift to Taft at a time when the school needs our support and for me to save for the future—and receive a competitive return. "We have a great deal of trust in the way Taft manages its endowment and finances. "

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