Gee came to Coe from Pennsylvania and was a cadet in the ROTC program who later served in Vietnam. Susan is an Iowa native who was able to attend Coe through support provided by a scholarship. The couple has maintained close friendships with their college classmates and still fondly remember their professors.
Gee and Susan have a deep appreciation for the scholarship that enabled Susan to attend Coe, which led them to establish the Esslinger Family Scholarship in 2005 to offer support to students in need. They wanted to ensure additional funds for future Coe students, so setting up a gift through their estate seemed more than right. "A legacy gift says you believe in the future of Coe and is a way to thank the college for all it provided as you looked to the future," the couple said.