Many alumni, faculty and staff know—and gratefully appreciate— ETSU Professor Emerita Dr. Diane Nelson. Whether she is known in the role of teacher, researcher, artist, mentor, colleague or great friend, in retirement Diane continues to share and give in so many ways for the ETSU community. Diane and her spouse, Jack, a retired chemical engineer, decided recently to review their estate plan and ultimately increased their bequest for the ETSU Foundation.

“Although we had remembered the ETSU Foundation in our wills a few years ago, Jack and I felt we wanted to increase our support for the ETSU Foundation as we updated our wills,” Diane says. “Also, with some exciting new ETSU opportunities that need current and future funding, this update enables us to designate additional support for these academic areas. I really feel so very good and confident about the estate planning process as we now are including the ETSU Honors College, Museum of Natural History at the Gray Fossil Site and the B. Carroll Reece Museum in our plan.”

Jack notes, “Given the significant role ETSU has in our lives, Diane and I want to ‘touch the future’ with our bequest today. We are accomplishing this goal by creating an endowment in the ETSU Foundation. The endowment will support these areas of great potential and promise for the university. I wholeheartedly encourage all ETSU alumni and friends to live their leadership and share their stewardship for ETSU with a bequest or other planned gift in their estate plans.”

Thank you, Diane and Jack, for sharing your story, and also for your wise advice to leave a legacy for the ETSU Foundation as we create and then update our personal estate plans.

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