Donor Stories

Each year Boston University seeks opportunities to enhance the educational experience for its students, opportunities for its faculty and staff, and its presence in the city. Donors help the University push Terrier student-athletes to excel, support vital student-life offices, and underwrite the nearly 500 campus social clubs, volunteer groups, and professional societies that make BU great.

Both our donors and the beneficiaries of their generosity have stories to share. Click the links below to read more about the impact giving at BU has had this year, and find more planned giving stories here.

Visit the Boston University Endowment page for information about the university’s “trust fund.” Learn more about the Annual Fund and Leadership Giving Society, or visit the Alumni Association website.

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D.A. Whatley (Questrom’15)

Why I give

Learn why D.A. Whatley (Questrom’15) gives to BU.

Dave Underhill

Dave Underhill (COM’74)

Preserving ethics in journalism

A COM alumnus and his scholarship bequest.

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Lisa Clemence (COM’01)

The art of communication

A COM alumna on supporting BU

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Lori Alexander (SAR’94,’96)

College Material

Why Lori Alexander gives back: “It’s a no-brainer to me,” she says.

Elizabeth “Betsy” England (CAS’69)

A Chance to Open BU’s Doors for Others

A new world opened up for Elizabeth “Betsy” England (CAS’69) when she transferred to Boston University.

Linda Ellman (COM’75)

Learning something new every day

A COM alumna on supporting BU

Professor Andrew Bacevich (CAS)

Philanthropy: Defined by What’s Important

Professor prioritizes gifts to education

Karen Kullas (ENG’77)

Engineering a gift

Presidential scholar alumna gives through her 401(k)

Gary Villella (CGS’69, Questrom’71)

Reversal of Fortune

An alum sold his possessions to cover tuition. Now, he’s giving students a boost.

John Castle (Batman)

A super-heroic gesture

A Scottish soldier raises funds for bombing victims by bringing levity to a serious cause

Professor Ted Fritz (CAS)

Sustaining Space Science

BU prof makes students the focus of IRA rollovers

Sumner (DGE’52, CAS’54) and Shirley Sachs

An Enlightening Experience

An alumnus and his wife provide opportunity for future Terriers

Robert E. Schiesske (MET’78, Questrom’82)

An Apt Remembrance

A BU alumnus looks to the School of Medicine for a way to honor his parents.

Beverly Abegg (CFA’64, GRS’68)

BU Through and Through

Beverly Abegg may be one of Boston University’s biggest fans.

John Connery (CAS’69)

A Life in Context

John Connery makes a bequest to help future students share in the BU experience

Caitlin DiMartino (CAS’09)

Why I give

Find out why Caitlin DiMartino (CAS’09) gives to BU.

Michael Gollin (LAW’84)

Crusading for public interest law—and against ALS

Michael Gollin is celebrated for pursuing his passions

Joshua Levine (CGS’08, Questrom’10)

Why I give

Learn why Joshua Levine (CGS’08, Questrom’10) gives to BU.

Nicole Stephens (CAS’12)

Why I give

Learn why Nicole Stephens (CAS’12) gives to BU.

Al Petras (CAS’78)

Part of the Family

Giving back to BU made Al Petras part of a family on campus—and a growing network that spans the globe.

Susan Leeman (BUSM)

A Pioneer Pays Back

BU School of Medicine faculty member supports the next generation of scientists—and honors a dear friend.

Miri Parrucci

Miriam Parrucci


A young bat fan and $100 will work to save bats from white-nose syndrome.

Nizzi Digan

Nizzi Digan (STH’02)

Divine Intervention

An act of generosity writes a new chapter in a story begun 20 years ago on the other side of the world.

Sherry Leventhal

Sherry Leventhal (Parent CAS’02, MED’07, ’09)


In appreciation of her daughters’ education, a mother opens doors for other students.

Carol Pohl (MED’67)

Paying it Forward

BUSM Alumna supports her school to help keep BU a leader in medicine

Markiesha Ollison (Questrom’14)

Why I give

Learn why Markiesha Ollison (Questrom’14) gives to BU.

Rajen Kilachand

Rajen Kilachand (GSM’74)

Honoring the liberal arts

An Indian philanthropist celebrates old ties with BU—and opens new doors to the future.

Elliot Driben

Elliot Driben (Athletics)

Supporting athletics: year in, year out

The Terriers’ number-one fan supports BU Athletics—all BU athletics—by showing up and giving back.

Chester Parasco (CLA’47, LAW’47)

Giving back, seven decades later

A BU president invested in Chester Parasco, and seventy-years later, Parasco invested in BU.

Burton Golub (MED’65)

An incurable case of generosity

A BUSM alumnus and infectious disease specialist sets up scholarship funding.

Annamarie DiMare Hayes-Eggert

Annamarie DiMare Hayes-Eggert (CAS’47, GRS’48, SED’78)

A love for nature and a sense of service

Through her charitable gift annuity, an alumna hopes to instill future students with the same values she learned at BU.

Donald P. (DGE’48, SMG’51) & Alberta V.N. Morrison

Donald P. (DGE’48, Questrom’51) & Alberta V.N. Morrison

With the help of others

A couple, grateful for the financial aid they received, sets up a charitable gift annuity for BU scholarships.

Roberta Apfel

Roberta Apfel (MED’62)

Class Spirit and Remembrance

Alumna’s planned gift will help her class endow a suite in the School of Medicine’s new Medical Student Residence in honor of their 50th reunion.

Joelyn Rohman (BUSM)

A life well lived—and remembered

The widow of a BU School of Medicine alumnus pays tribute to his career and passion for teaching through student scholarship.

Rev. Earl (CAS’63, STH’67, ’68) and Millie (CFA’64, ’84, SED’95) Beane

Rev. Earl (CAS’63, STH’67, ’68) and Millie (CFA’64, ’84, SED’95) Beane

Helping seminary students heed their calling

Almost a half century after meeting at BU, Millie and Earl Beane continue to make a difference in the lives of STH students.

Elaine Szujewski

Elaine Szujewski (Parent: CAS’12)

Feeling Close—from Chicago

Parents often struggle to strike a balance between “hovering” over their children and respecting their growing independence. Elaine Szujewski, mother of Peter (CAS’12) and a member of the Parents Leadership Council, knows this all too well.

Karma Roberts

Karma Roberts (Parent: CGS’06, CAS’08, CGS’10, COM’12)

To Serve and to Parent

Even though her children have graduated, Karma remains a dear friend and a loyal supporter of BU, teaching her Terriers the value of giving back.