​Alumni Spotlight

Loyalty Society members discuss why giving back is important to them.

Wallace Klein, AB '47, MA '48, has supported Washington University every year for the past 68. Mr. Klein made his first modest gift to the university in 1948—the year he completed his master’s degree. That first gift began a tradition for Mr. Klein that has lasted, without pause, for 27 years and counting, earning him the distinction of Washington University’s longest-giving recurring donor. 


Vinita Kumar, BSBA '01

7 years loyal

A scholarship and parents’ support made it possible for Kumar to attend Washington University. “Here, I had the opportunity to learn, to lead, to launch my career, to leave my mark, and to live—to really belong,” she says. In 2014, she established the annual Narinder and Neelam Kumar Scholarship to honor her parents and help future students in the Olin Business School achieve their aspirations.


Peggy MacKnight, AB '67

38 years loyal

Peggy MacKnightWith 38 consecutive years of giving, Peggy MacKnight, AB' 67, is one of Washington University's most loyal donors. Currently residing in Washington, D.C., MacKnight enjoys serving on the Board and Executive Committee of her synagogue, assisting in elections, taking courses, and spending time with her family. MacKnight continues to give so today's students can receive a great education and experience at WashU.


 Jin Sheen Yeoh, BS '05

12 years loyal

Washington University made a lasting impact on Jin Sheen Yeoh, BS '05. It's not just the fond memories of her time on campus with her classmates but also the unparalleled experiences in the classroom that resonate with her and inspire her to give back to her alma mater. Yeoh has been WashU Loyal since graduating from the School of Engineering & Applied Science in 2005, and she recently shared how WashU continues to play an important role in her life.


Stuart Brown, AB '77, BS '77

 9 years loyal

For Stuart Brown, AB ’77, BS ’77, a top-tier Washington University education afforded him various opportunities for growth as an undergraduate, as well as an enduring support system that has remained strong, even after 40 years. Through regular giving, Brown—who has given consecutively for the last nine years—looks to give back to the university that has given so much to him.

Michael Willis, BArch '73, MArch '76, MSW '76

 18 years loyal

Michael WillisFor 45 years, since earning his undergraduate degree in 1973, Michael Willis, BArch '73, MArch '76, MSW '76, has kept strong connections to Washington University. Often returning to campus and participating in his local and regional alumni networks, Willis remains inspired by early memories of his time at WashU. As executive co-chair for the Class of 1973's 45th Reunion, he continues to show his support for WashU through his involvement and his 18 years of consecutive giving.


Joy Ryan, JD '78, MA '07

 10 years loyal

Joy RyanFor Joy Ryan, JD ’78, MA ’07, Washington University in St. Louis has provided opportunities to pursue the things that enrich her life. After graduating from Washington University School of Law in 1978, Ms. Ryan went on to practice law in local, state, and federal governments for the next 26 years. In 2004, she retired from the Environment and Natural Resources Division, Land Acquisition Section of the United States Department of Justice, where she served as a trial lawyer. It was then that her love of drama production and the classics brought her back to Washington University.


David John Baltzer, MHA '81

 36 years loyal

John BaltzerThanks to a 1981 Phonathon event held for the Master of Health Administration program, David John Baltzer, RN, LNHA, LFACHE, was introduced to the significance of supporting the Annual Fund. From that point on, he has loyally contributed to Washington University. Recognized for 36 years of consecutive giving, Baltzer shares what motivates him to pay it forward.

Marissa Barnathan, AB '12

5 years loyal

John BaltzerAs ​a young alumna, Marissa Barnathan, AB '12 has consistently contributed to Washington University not only through her giving, but also as a volunteer for the Alumni and Parents Admission Program (APAP). As an APAP volunteer, Barnathan helps the university recruit, interview and enroll talented undergraduate students.

Aaron Hutcherson, BS '09, MS '09 

11 years loyal

Aaron HutchersonAaron Hutcherson, BS ’09, MS ’09, made his first gift to Washington University in St. Louis as a student, and he has been giving ever since. Recognized for 11 years of consecutive giving, Hutcherson remains involved with the university in other ways as well, including serving as an executive chair for his 10th Reunion. According to Hutcherson, serving on various volunteer committees is an easy and fun way for him to give back to the WashU community and stay connected with other alumni.


Chrystal Okonta, AB '10 

9 years loyal

Aaron Hutcherson​As a student caller for Washington University, Chrystal Okonta, AB '10, learned early on the importance of giving back to the university; she experienced first-hand the generosity of donors as a John B. Ervin Scholar; and when she worked for WashU's Undergraduate Admissions Office, she was able to see how alumni gifts opened doors for students. Because of these influential experiences at WashU, Okonta has continued to show her support and is recognized today for her nine years of consecutive giving.

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