Donor Stories

Lee Burns

Professor Lee Burns
The term Renaissance Man is often overused, but it can safely be said that Professor Leland S Burns demonstrated a kind of "Renaissance philanthropy" in the breadth and depth of his legacy gifts to Cambridge. No less than three Colleges will benefit from his generosity and vision. More

Donna Seto-Young and Kiang Chuen “K.C.” Young

Donna Seto-Young (Darwin 1977) and Kiang Chuen “K.C.” Young
One of the most significant gifts that Darwin College received in recent years is from the estate of 1209 Society member Donna Seto-Young (Darwin 1977) and her husband Kiang Chuen “K.C.” Young. Donna, a respected endocrinology researcher and professor, attended Darwin for her PhD in biochemistry from 1977 to 1979. More

Dr. Rhoda M. Dorsey

Dr. Rhoda M. Dorsey (Newnham 1949)
Dr. Dorsey came to Newnham College as a Fulbright Scholar studying history. She became an Honorary Fellow of the College in 1998 and received an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Law) from the University of Cambridge in 2002. More

Reid Kelly

Reid Kelly, Esq. (Trinity 2004)
I am leaving a bequest to Cambridge simply because it is the best school in the world. I do not take that phrase lightly, as I have attended four other institutions of higher education, two of which at the postgraduate level—and one of which happens to be the “other” university in England. More

Bernard Robertson

Bernard Robertson (St Catharine’s 1962)
I have no doubt that my time at Cambridge was the greatest factor in whatever success I've enjoyed in both my career and my life. More

Allison Goodwin

Allison Goodwin (Clare 1985)
I grew up on the campus of a boarding school in Michigan where my parents were teachers. That early experience may have left me with an unusual sense of connection to the schools and universities I’ve been fortunate to attend. Among them, Clare College and Cambridge hold a special place in my affections. The focus of supervisions and small group classes helped me to deepen and refine my ability to write and think. More

Ann Altman

Ann Altman (New Hall 1966)
In my will, I have left 10% of my estate to Murray Edwards College which I attended, when it was known as New Hall, from 1966 to 1969. The bequest is an expression both of my gratitude to the University of Cambridge and of my belief that the best way to improve the world is to educate its citizens, specifically women. More

Cynthia K. Bittner and Randal D. Schreiner

Cynthia K. Bittner and Randal D. Schreiner (Non-Alumni)
We have listened to A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, the live annual Christmas Eve broadcast from the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, on Minnesota Public Radio for as long as we can remember. I have a master’s degree in music and was a member of a semi-professional choral society for 28 years, and though Randy really only sang in church choir, he still has a real passion for the music. More

Udayan Chattopadhyay

Udayan Chattopadhyay (Sidney Sussex College 1992)
I have a nostalgic feeling when I think of Cambridge. It was my initial experience away from home and very formative because, for the first time, I found myself in a place full of people from all over the world with views and opinions that were quite different to my own. More

Dr. Jane S. Edwards

Dr. Jane S. Edwards (New Hall [Murray Edwards] 1968) and Professor Humphrey R. Tonkin (St. John's College 1959)
To Humphrey, going to Cambridge, "an institution that had been there for many centuries, and showed it in its astounding architecture," strengthened his already strong interest in history and, combined with the discovery of the UL, "changed my life, committing me to scholarship, academic leadership and writing." More

C. Flemming Heilmann, Esq

C. Flemming Heilmann, Esq. (Downing 1954)
"Throughout my itinerant childhood, I was exposed to many different cultures, religions, and philosophies, as my father traversed the globe working in the plantation business to support my family." More

Frank E. Morgan II

Frank E. Morgan II (Trinity Hall 1974)
"My Cambridge College, Trinity Hall, was founded with a benefaction of Bishop Bateman of Norwich. His goal was to train canon lawyers and over the years the nickname 'Lawyers College' applied."  More

Susan L. Poland, Esq.

Susan L. Poland (Churchill 1977)
"My best memories are of living on a staircase whose residents were composed entirely of women from several different countries. My neighbors included a Greek astrophysicist, a Swiss statistician, and an American engineer."  More

Susan L. Poland, Esq.

Dr. David Fyfe (Sidney Sussex 1963)
"For me, being admitted to Cambridge, and having the benefit of its rigorous education and subsequent association, was both life enhancing and life changing."  More

Christopher M. Lowe

Christopher M. Lowe (St. Catharine's 1985)
"Without the opportunity to study at St. Catharine’s my life would have turned out very differently."  More