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Frank Rasmus

Frank Rasmus

Income and Impact: A Perfect Match

Frank Rasmus of is a man of extraordinary energy and generosity. He speaks with great passion about the 147 charitable gift annuities (CGA) he’s established with organizations in the Philadelphia area and around the country, and about one of his highest philanthropic priorities – medical research.

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Joel Zumoff

Joel Zumoff

Passing on a Tradition of Innovation

“My whole career in administrative data processing started with the computer courses I took at Drexel,” says Joel Zumoff, who graduated in 1968 with a BS mathematics. When Zumoff came to Drexel in 1964, the University’s computing center was relatively new, and the use of computers was growing rapidly across campus. Zumoff developed a passion for computers during this time of technological expansion and has always recognized Drexel’s role in the foundation of his career. When he decided the time was right to make a significant gift, he established a charitable gift annuity (CGA) to benefit Drexel’s College of Computing and Informatics (CCI).

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William R. DiMarino ’68

William R. DiMarino ’68

William R. DiMarino ’68

Constructing the Next Generation of Builders

William R. DiMarino ’68, wanted to build structures that benefit mankind. Hospitals, museums, schools, religious institutions – buildings that become woven into the fabric of the lives they touch. Now, having enjoyed a long and successful career, Bill wants to leave a legacy to help construct something else – the next generation of builders.

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Francis X. Linnehan, Ph.D.

Francis X. Linnehan, Ph.D.

Francis X. Linnehan, Ph.D.

Former Dean Provides Enduring Support for LeBow Students

Francis X. Linnehan, Ph.D., has seen firsthand how a financial shortfall can derail the education of even the most promising student.

The retired dean of Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business thrived on the energy and optimism of his students – and never wanted any young person to be forced to relinquish the chance to earn a degree from Drexel.

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Martha Guse ’41

Martha Guse ’41

Martha Guse ’41

Information and Technology Trailblazer Opens Doors for Graduate Students

In 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the United States Information Agency – essentially a global public relations effort to spread positive messages about democracy in the fight against communism.

Martha Guse ’41 was on the frontline of that campaign. “It was her life’s greatest accomplishment,” says her brother Carl Guse, in remembering his sister who passed away in February 2017.

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Elinor Cantor, PhD, MCP '79

Elinor Cantor, PhD, MCP '79

Elinor Cantor, PhD, MCP '79

Empowering Women in Medicine

When Elinor Cantor, PhD, MCP '79, graduated from Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1979, the American Medical Association had just established the Ad Hoc Committee on Women Physicians – a first, small step toward recognizing women’s growing role in the medical field.

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J. Kenneth Brubaker, MD, CMD 1970 College of Medicine

J. Kenneth Brubaker, MD, CMD  1970 College of Medicine

J. Kenneth Brubaker, MD, CMD 1970 College of Medicine

His Care for Frail Elderly Extends to Their Doctors

Kenneth Brubaker and his wife, Pamela, have made philanthropy part of their lifestyle ever since they married. Both are health care professionals, deeply devoted to the frail elderly and the families who love them. In addition to demanding careers, the Brubakers have translated their shared passion into philanthropy aimed at encouraging the education of more physicians in the field.

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Joel Cohen

Joel Cohen

Joel Cohen

Hometown Grad Makes Global Classroom Impact

Joel B. Cohen graduated from the Drexel School of Business Administration (now known as LeBow College of Business) in 1954. But when he talks about what made his experience special, you might think that his college years were recent. He can name specific Drexel professors who took a personal interest in his studies and career options, and they are his role models — even today. “When a teacher talks one-on-one to you, and shows concern for your future, that makes a tremendous impression,” he says.

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Felix (Phil) Troilo

Felix (Phil) Troilo

Felix (Phil) Troilo

Scholarship Comes With a Dose of Wisdom

"I hope you will be successful beyond your expectations." This simple wish was written by Felix (known as Phil) Troilo, a 1951 graduate of the College of Engineering, in a letter to recipients of his endowed scholarships. It also reflects his own life's story.

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Kay Bossone

Kay Bossone

Kay Bossone

A Runway to the Future of Fashion Design

During her career at Saks Fifth Avenue, one of Kay Bossone’s primary roles was organizing private fashion shows in the Philadelphia region. In swanky venues like The Bellevue and area country clubs, Bossone’s events would give fashionistas the chance to preview creations by Oscar de la Renta and other high-end designers.

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Irene and Stan Kita

Irene and Stan Kita

Irene and Stan Kita

For Stan Kita, Esq. ’62 and his wife Irene, remembering Drexel in the form of a charitable gift annuity (CGA) was an easy decision — one that reaps emotional as well as financial benefits.

“Envision a balanced seesaw with baskets on both ends,” Stan wisely states. “The more I put in a basket in terms of time, my treasure or my joy, the more the other is filled with health, wealth and happiness.”

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Harvey '65 and Florence Cohen

Harvey '65 and Florence Cohen

Harvey and Florence Cohen count among their blessings a 48 year marriage and two sons, as well as their successful careers. Harvey attributes a great deal of his success to the education he began at Drexel University.

Their success allowed the Cohen's to provide high quality care for their younger son, Jason, who has cerebral palsy and grew up with special needs. Now, after successfully completing his own higher education, Jason has a job he enjoys and lives on his own in an apartment complex designed for the physically disabled.

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James Richard Miller

James Richard Miller

James Richard Miller

"My message to the students who benefit from support like this on a daily basis is to always challenge yourself but understand your limits. Keep in mind that the journey should be as important as the destination."
- James Miller '71

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June Kajioka

June Kajioka

June Kajioka

Giving Back By Paying It Forward

Born in San Francisco, June and her family were evacuated to internment camps in Colorado and Utah during World War II. To start life anew after the war, the family moved to North Philadelphia, where the Quaker community welcomed them with open arms and helped them find work and a place to live. June's parents could not afford college tuition. Had it not been for the partial scholarship she received from Drexel University, she would not have the opportunity to, as she puts it, "pay it forward." The School of Home Economics helped June find a gratifying creative career in interior design.

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