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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 68 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.

 

Jason Lewis, BSBA '07, JD '13

10 years loyal

Before graduating in 2007 with his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Lewis made his first gift to Washington University and has continued to give every year since then. To him, giving back is “as simple as doing your part to pay it forward to the next generation of WashU students who do not have the resources to attend without our help.

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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.

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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.

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