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Personally Invested: GPUS Alumnae Elevate the Endowment

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.

Dodge carries on that tradition through her charitable endeavors today, which include consistent and significant support of another elite institution: our school. In fact, she recently hosted a wonderful University Liggett School Alumni event in Palm Beach, Florida, where the school was honored to announce that Dodge has designated an extraordinarily generous planned gift toward the school’s endowment fund. 

Her support of our endowment is an expression of gratitude for the gifts she received through her education. Following in the footsteps of many of her family members who attended Detroit University School, GPUS and The Liggett School, then-Lore Moran entered nursery school at GPUS, which she attended through the 5th grade. She went on to attend The Liggett School through the 8th grade.

When she reminisces about her days at GPUS and The Liggett School, her deep appreciation is palpable.  “What I learned at these schools, cannot be bought,” Dodge says. “That moral and academic foundation is something that has traveled with me all through my life. Even if someone hasn’t known me long, they learn soon enough that I’m immensely proud to be from Detroit, and to have attended these exceptional schools.”

One of Dodge’s dearest friends, BB Friedberg Reis GPUS ‘69, also announced at the Palm Beach event that she was supporting the University Liggett School endowment fund through an estate gift. “We’ve just shared so much together in our lives. BB has been such a wonderful friend through the years. No isn’t in her vocabulary!”

Today, Dodge models the virtues of philanthropy and service in a variety of meaningful ways. The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, the American Ireland Funds and Hospice of Palm Beach County are among many philanthropic passions for Dodge, but she regards the University Liggett School endowment as an especially personal way to give back because the school set the stage for her success in life. “They each represent different aspects and times of my life, but GPUS laid the foundation.”
 
BB Friedberg Reis, GPUS '69

For BB Friedberg Reis GPUS ’69, a commitment to philanthropy emerged at an age when many young people are decidedly more self-absorbed. Friedberg Reis, who attended The Liggett School from nursery school through 7th grade and GPUS from 8th through 12th grade, decided in her early 20s to create and leave a legacy of giving. While working for Macy’s and traveling the world, Friedberg Reis wrote her first will with bequests to both GPUS and her college, Swarthmore.

“I didn’t have a lot of money, but I felt it was important to make my wishes known.”

She said it was a simple gesture from GPUS that validated and encouraged her to continue to give to her former school. “GPUS was gracious and acknowledged my bequest. Swarthmore never did.”

Friedberg Reis recently decided to leave University Liggett School $500,000 through an estate gift, because she said Liggett and GPUS gave her the foundation and footing necessary to excel. “Had I not attended Liggett, I would not have gone to GPUS, and certainly, both Liggett and GPUS prepared me for Swarthmore and other colleges and places of work. Liggett and GPUS provided me with the basics that would allow me to go to college and to work.”

Friedberg Reis said she met lifelong friends while at The Liggett School and GPUS. “I have many fond memories of all my nursery through 12th grade teachers, deans, headmistresses and headmasters, but it’s the friendships with my classmates that I hold dear.” One such friend is Lore Dodge ’68 GPUS, whom Friedberg Reis still counts as one of her closest friends.

“Lore and I are each other’s longest friends. We became friends almost 60 years ago at Liggett! It’s so nice to have a friend who knows your history from so long ago.”
Friedberg Reis still sees the culture she experienced at Liggett and GPUS at ULS today. And it’s important to her that ULS thrives so generations to come can experience that same culture.

“I think because of the small classes and the careful stewardship by the faculty in both schools, we were encouraged to be polite and civil toward everyone, which fosters a warmer rapport among students,” she said.
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