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Alumnus Found Security in a Gift That Pays Back

Over a period of 20 years, loyal Rider supporter Paul R. Olson ’49 established 16 charitable gift annuities with the University. In doing so, he provided himself a dependable income stream for the remainder of his life while also leaving a legacy that will benefit future students at Rider.

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Professor Still Watches Over Students Through Scholarship

Who would you honor with a gift to Rider University? For 30 years, journalism professor Willard E. Lally changed lives at Rider University, and he continues to do so through a scholarship created by a grateful student in his name.

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Alumnus’ Strong Ties to Rider Inspire Couple’s Planned Gift

Wright Señeres ’97 has a connection to Rider that is lifelong and multifaceted, and the depth of that commitment is reflected in the planned gift he and his wife, Alice, recently pledged to the University.

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Estate of Rider Alumnus and Wife Establishes $3.1 Million Trust to Benefit University

The estate of Raymond and Jane Keller has established a $3.1 million trust to support Rider University in perpetuity. Raymond ’48, a successful accountant who enrolled at Rider after earning a Purple Heart during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, passed away in 2007 following a car accident.

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When Opportunity Leads to a Better Future: Dr. Kenneth D. King '61

Growing up in Bridgewater Township, Dr. Kenneth D. King '61 was the only African American child in his school until the eighth grade and a member of the only black family in town.

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Recent Graduate Credits Rider With Success

Christina Diecidue ’16 knew she wanted to be involved in campus life at Rider University. On her first day of class, she met the president of the Student Government Association, who helped guide her as she discovered all the opportunities Rider had to offer.

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A Foundation for Life’s Journeys

As Larry Kaplan was graduating high school in Long Island in the early 1970s, he was determined to study journalism. Fascinated with newspapers since he was a kid—he started reading The New York Times when he was in third grade—his dream was to become a journalist.

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Helping to Create a Professional Self

This honor comes to a select few, and is considered by most to be the pinnacle of lifetime achievement.

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Alumnus Believes in 'Doing and Giving'

When Barry Shapiro '65 was majoring in accounting at Rider College in the 1960s, he didn't imagine he would be lecturing on accounting at Rider University in the next century.

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"Quiet Man" Leaves Resounding Legacy

Margaret "Peg" McKechnie has never been to Rider University, but she plans to do something very generous for future generations of Rider students.

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Hitting All the Right Notes

If you were challenged to guess the number one reason that a Northfield Bank credit analyst with a 1978 business degree and 1991 M.B.A. from Rider University has included his alma mater in his estate plans, you might be hard pressed to come up with music as the correct answer.

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Rider Points West '82, '89 in the Right Direction

For Karen Blazer West '82, '89, including Rider University in her estate plans seemed like a natural choice.

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Pacchioli '51 Continues Loyal Support to Rider Team

When you talk to Olimpio "Patch" Pacchioli '51, you can't help but want him on your team. After graduating from Easton (Pa.) High School, Patch served in the U.S. Army Special Services for two years and played baseball under former major-leaguer Hal Wagner at Camp Blanding, Fla.

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After 40 Years, Glazer Credits Rider for Nurturing Career Success

Dr. Susan Mandel Glazer recently included Rider University in her estate plans. For Susan, the decision came naturally.

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Doris Johnson's ('45) Travels Lead Her Back to Rider

Doris Johnson '45 loved to travel. During the summers, when she was not teaching at Mount Pleasant High School in Wilmington, Delaware, Johnson often stayed in Switzerland.

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Eugene W. Blicharz '76 and Rider: A Great Match

For Gene Blicharz '76, Rider University became his home, one that he has continued to return to and support. After graduating from Notre Dame High School, Gene dove into the working world and received an electronic technology diploma at Trenton Technical Institute along the way.

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Youngs' ('50) Commitment to Rider Remains Solid

Herb Young '50 says that for as long as he can remember, he has wanted to be involved in two things: community service and sports.

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William M. Rue '69

Much of Bill Rue's ('69) life has been shaped by his family's traditions. He is the president of Rue Insurance, which was established by his grandfather Charles E. Rue in 1917. It was passed on to Bill's father, C. Lester Rue and then on to Bill. Charles E. Rue was a farmer and a member of the Grange.

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