Dan found his way to Coe through former men's basketball coach Dan Breitbach, who encouraged him to play for the Kohawks. It only took one visit to campus and a few conversations with the Admissions staff to convince Dan that Coe was the college for him.
In the years since Dan and Carol graduated, they have come to realize how critical the generosity of alumni is in helping private colleges offset the rising costs of higher education. They both appreciated the contributions from alumni that provided financial aid for them when they were students, and they wanted to give back to Coe as a way of saying thank you.
Dan and Carol have been working hard for many years to save for their retirement, and they credit some of that work ethic to life lessons they learned at Coe. They wanted to be able to give a small portion of their estate to the college, and found that setting up their bequest was a very simple process.
Dan and Carol encourage anyone else who is considering setting up this type of gift to think about their years at Coe and the influence the college has had throughout their lives. "Coe needs to continue to evolve and get better for future generations as it has the last 35 years," they remarked. "This will only continue with our generosity."