A gift from an alumnus or alumna to the University Liggett School endowment is an exceptionally personal gift – a commitment to ensuring a bright future for the school because he or she so greatly cherishes the past. We want to shine a light on two alumnae whose positive memories of lessons, moments and friendships from their years at our school have inspired remarkable recent commitments to our school’s endowment.
Lore Moran Dodge, GPUS '68
Everything we know about human behavior indicates that the family is where children learn the most about character, and through that lens it’s clear to see where the spirit of giving originated for Lore Dodge GPUS ’68. Raised in a family that modeled philanthropy and leadership for many of metropolitan Detroit’s preeminent institutions – including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Historical Society and the Detroit Institute of Arts – “giving back” is in her blood.
Robert (Bob) Wood GPUS '59 spent more than 50 years on University Liggett School's campus as a student, teacher, beloved coach and visionary athletic director. To celebrate and honor his achievements, his son Doug '90 and daughter-in-law Beth '89 established the Robert G. Wood Endowed Scholarship. Each year, it provides a scholarship to an incoming ninth-grader who has an interest in athletics, gives back to the community and has a strong academic record.
At University Liggett School we know that giving is personal. Some of our alumni give to make a difference; others feel a sense of satisfaction or value by giving. You can give because you believe in a cause or just because it makes you feel good. Giving is a great way to honor a loved one, set an example for our students or to honor a teacher, a classmate, a friend, or someone you knew at University Liggett School - someone who influenced you while you were here and left an indelible impression on your life. Here, we feature some dedicated opportunities to give in honor of a beloved teacher, a beloved coach or a beloved classmate.
Dr. Katharine Ogden Endowment Initiative
Perhaps the most beloved member of The Liggett School faculty was the legendary Dr. Katharine Ogden whose 36 years as a stern, but loving headmistress positively influenced the lives of countless young women and defined the Liggett School experience.
In memory of, Nena Cunningham Dahling CDS '50, and in recognition of our mutual deep appreciation for University Liggett School the Dahling boys - William '74, Richard '77 and Peter '85 - have launched the Dahling Family Challenge.
The Dahling Family Challenge, which is funded with a bequest from Nena Dahling and support from William, Richard and Peter, seeks to raise money for three school priorities - opportunity, innovation and excellence — as supported by the Endowment Fund.
University Liggett School is a private preschool and kindergarten through 12th grade college preparatory school in Metro Detroit that is nationally recognized for its innovative curriculum and arts and athletics offerings.