Dr. Gary and Dara McLeod
1981 Davenport Campus
Palmer is where I began to 'grow up' and become an adult. Although I was five hundred miles from home and the coursework was demanding, the sense of camaraderie that developed among us (a diverse group of students with varying backgrounds) was terrific. Yes, at times we complained about how hard it was and even threatened to 'never come back or give money to this place.' Well, as I continued to grow up I realized just how special and unique the Palmer experience was and have recanted those utterances.
During the years which have flown by since graduating in 1981, my appreciation for what Palmer gave me has grown deep. While in Davenport I earned a degree, discovered a philosophy for living, met and married my wife, Dara, and made friends. These things, and more, are what made my Palmer experience exceptional and gave me the opportunity to live a life of fulfillment.
Dara and I have given financial support to Palmer since early in our careers because we want to give back. We want to enable students to enjoy what we did. We want to help assure that the students we refer to Palmer continue to receive a great education. We want the Beacon to continue to shine. We want to help out just as the doctors before us helped out.
The decision to include Palmer in our estate plan was easy. As we 'grow up,' death is an eventuality. Because Palmer is such a big part of who we are as a family, it is only natural that we give a portion of our estate to Palmer. The following quote by Winston Churchill has guided many of my choices: 'You make a living from what you get, and you make a life by what you give.' I would encourage you to make Palmer part of your legacy, too.
The language below shows how a bequest can very easily be included in your will or added as a codicil. You might find it helpful to print this page and give it to your attorney. If he or she has any questions, please have him or her contact Barbara Melbourne in Palmer's Development Office at (800) 722-2586, Ext. 3, Ext. 4, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Example bequest language - Please feel free to change the numbers or percentages as you desire.
1. Bequest of cash
"I bequeath the sum of $10,000 to Palmer College of Davenport, IA."
2. Bequest of a percent of the estate
"I devise and bequeath 20% of the remainder and residue of property owned at my death, whether real or personal, and wherever located to Palmer College, Davenport, IA."
3. Contingent Bequest
"If my brother John Doe survives me, I devise and bequeath 20% of the remainder and residue of property owned at my death, whether real or personal, and wherever located to John Doe. If John Doe does not survive me, then I devise and bequeath 20% of my residuary estate, whether real or personal property and wherever located to Palmer College, Davenport, IA."