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April 2012

Couple's Gift Leaves a Legacy

The Macaulays visit with Dr. James Marquart, right, dean of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.

More than 20 years ago, a helpful assistant in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences offered then-graduate student Susan Macaulay BA'93, MPA'94 a job that made a lasting impression. While her husband John explored a new career, Susan jumped at the assistant's offer of a teaching position that would provide the family with health insurance benefits.

But now it's the Macaulays who are making an impression on the University by naming UT Dallas as a beneficiary in their wills. They are the newest members of the Legacy Society, which recognizes donors who have made planned gifts such as estate commitments, trusts and gift annuities.

Susan, then a mother of two young children, was a 42-year-old junior interested in government and politics when she came to UT Dallas. "The professors were unbelievable and the teaching was terrific. I was impressed that many of my instructors came from Ivy League schools," said Susan, who joined the federal government as a Presidential Management Fellow in 1995 and retired in 2007 from the Dallas office of the Administration for Children and Families.

UT Dallas is a family tradition for the Macaulays. Before Susan became a student in the '90s, John taught an MBA accounting class in the '70s. Their son Craig earned his bachelor's degree in business administration in 2010 and is now a PhD student in the Naveen Jindal School of Management.

The Macaulays said a planned gift to the University symbolized the important relationship between their family and the school. "We have been giving every year and wanted to support UT Dallas as a long-term investment. The University is widely respected and will be Tier One someday," Susan said. "Education is so important to all of us, and UT Dallas is a great place to support for its success and bright future. We encourage people who are updating their wills to use a bequest as an easy way to give back."

For more information on gift planning, please contact Anna LeBlanc at 972-883-6023 or visit utdallas.plannedgiving.org.

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