Reunions inspire alumni annual gifts and endowed scholarship in Center for Research on Aging
By Christopher B. Raimy
Pamela McQuilkin Lewis ’62 and T. C. Lewis ’60 have expressed their appreciation for their Rochester educations in a number of ways. Through support of the annual fund as well as special and planned gifts, they have created their own personal legacy for the benefit of future generations of nursing students.
Pam celebrated her 45th nursing reunion in 2007; T. C. is actively involved in planning his 50th this year with the College Class of 1960. As T. C., a semiretired financial advisor from Fairport, N.Y., tells the story, Pam and he met in the fall of 1958. T. C. was helping his younger sister move into Susan B. Anthony Hall dormitory. His sister’s room was on the top floor and after several trips to and from the car, T. C. lay down to rest on the vacant bed while his sister unpacked. A short time later there was a knock on the door and a voice said, “Hi, we must be roommates. I’m Pam McQuilkin . . .” The rest is history. Three children, six grandchildren and 50 years later, Pam and T.C. will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary in September 2011.
The Lewises have been long-time donors to the annual fund and the Dean’s Diamond Circle and are charter members of the George Eastman Circle. Pam, who finished her studies at Columbia University School of Nursing while T. C. was stationed with the Navy in New York, celebrated her 45th reunion in 2007, marking the special occasion by establishing the T. C. and Pamela McQuilkin Lewis Endowed Scholarship. The fund supports nursing students pursuing graduate studies in aging, particularly those with a strong interest in research solutions, practice innovations and commitment to improving quality of life for the elderly.
Their gift was inspired, in part, by Pam’s mother, who at age 97 receives regular nursing care, as well as by their good friend, Elaine C. Hubbard, PhD, founding benefactor of the Elaine C. Hubbard Center for Research on Aging at the School of Nursing. “We wanted to do something to support nursing, and the endowed scholarship gave us a way to focus our interests on the students,” Pam said. “We’re looking forward to meeting the McQuilkin-Lewis Scholars in the coming years.” T. C. added, “All alumni have benefited from those who came before us in terms of endowment support. It is something that we’re glad we could do to help the students today as well as helping the School address the future need for financial aid.”
This year, in honor of his 50th reunion, T. C. and Pam pledged a substantial bequest to their endowed scholarship fund, made a second special gift to their scholarship and made a new five-year commitment to the George Eastman Circle as Sustaining Members.
“On behalf of the students and faculty of the School, we can’t express with enough enthusiasm what this kind of commitment means to us,” said Kathy P. Parker, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean. “By providing unrestricted resources we can use now to support our students, Pam and T. C. are helping aspiring nursing students pursue their dreams of a Rochester nursing education. Funding a named endowed scholarship today and substantially providing for that scholarship in their will is truly visionary. We are incredibly grateful for Pam and T. C.’s generosity and leadership.”
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