Meet Our Donors

Michele Rae

Michele Rae ’74 and Dan Swinehart — Gift in their Wills
Michele Rae ’74 describes herself as “an outdoor enthusiast and aging athlete,” which is certainly an understatement. She and her husband, Dan Swinehart, have gone scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, the Coral Sea, Belize, Fiji, Mexico, Hawaii and all around the Caribbean. They have also hiked on five continents. In 2010, Michele trained for and completed “The Death Ride” (aka “The Tour of the California Alps”) — 126 miles, with 15,000 feet of climbing over five mountain passes. More

Robert and Jane Conti

Dr. Robert ’51, P’90 and Jane P’90 Conti — Charitable Remainder Trust
Pioneers. That’s what Dr. Robert Conti ’51, P’90 and his fellow classmates felt like as members of the first class at Fairfield University. “We were mostly a group of young, relatively untested and immature 17- and 18- year-olds, fresh from high school, meeting with a group of mature, battle-tested veterans who had recently returned from service,” he recalls. More

Linda and Michael Holbrook

Linda and Michael Holbrook '70, MA'75 — Charitable Gift Annuity
Linda and Michael Holbrook met at Lantern Point on Fairfield Beach in September 1969 and have been together ever since. They were married at Fairfield's Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola when it was still in the basement of Loyola Hall. They are now retired and live near a similarly named beach in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. More

Jorge and Victoria Chiluisa

Jorge '89, M'06, P'17,'20,’21 and Victoria P'17,'20,’21 Chiluisa — Gift in their Will
Jorge Chiluisa grew up very poor. He was raised in Ecuador by his grandmother, who was very wise and loving, but who could not read or write. He travelled to the United States at the age of 13 to live with his parents, who had migrated several years earlier in search of a better life for their family. Today, Jorge is an extremely successful businessman and proud father of a Fairfield legacy family. “Everything I have is to a large extent due to my Fairfield University degree,” Jorge says. More

Bertha Gallant

Bertha (Bert) Gallant '74 — IRA
Bertha (Bert) Gallant '74 is a member of the first class of women to attend Fairfield University. Though she is now retired, she isn't slowing down anytime soon! She's busy preparing her Jeep Wrangler for off-roading, training for a CrossFit competition, and keeping in touch with her alma mater. More

Liam and Katie Baker

Liam '93 and Katie '94 Baker — Charitable Gift Annuity
"Fairfield produces engineers who know how to speak and write," says Liam Baker '93, who majored in mechanical engineering. These skills are important because a lot of real-world work in engineering is not just designing and drafting, but "presenting, selling, and communicating." More

David Cowen

Lori and David Cowen '84 — Gift in their Will
With a bachelor's degree in accounting from Fairfield, and an MBA from the University of Arizona, Dave Cowen's early career in finance evolved from auditor and accountant to financial analyst and trader for 13 years at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. More

Tom and Bethany Franko

Tom '69 and Bethany Franko — Gift in their Will
After graduating from Fairfield with a degree in English, Tom Franko '69, a Bridgeport, Conn., native, built the foundation of his law career by becoming an English teacher at an upstate New York school where he also coached wrestling, directed the junior play and was president of the local teachers' union. More

Liam and Katie Baker

Paul '82 and Linda Huston — Charitable Lead Annuity Trust
Paul Huston '82 credits Fairfield's small campus environment for his successful development as a student and a person. He majored in accounting and during his junior year obtained an internship at Coopers & Lybrand in Stamford, Conn. "The confidence and experience I developed at Fairfield were invaluable assets to my career," says Huston. More

Maureen and George Lawrence

Maureen and George Lawrence '69, M.A.'71, P'06 — Gift in their Will
George Lawrence likes to say his profession is a "marriage of love"— his love of golf and painting. Lawrence's portraits and realistic paintings of fairways from around the globe have been exhibited in country clubs and galleries across the country, and in magazines such as House, The Met Golfer, and Golf Digest. More

Andrew Danick

Helen E. McCarthy — Gift in her Will
In her will, Helen E. McCarthy created a scholarship in honor of her son, Robert J. McCarthy '59. He says, "My parents, Leo and Helen McCarthy, realized the value of a Jesuit education. It has served me well over the years, in my career in education and through life. I am honored that they established a scholarship in my name." More

Alexander Micklos

Alexander Micklos '63 — Gift in his Will
Fairfield, Conn. has been Alex Micklos' home since he was a boy. After he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1963, he stayed in the area, finding his calling at Peoples Bank (now Peoples United Bank) in Bridgeport, where he worked for over 30 years and watched the business evolve from a small mutual savings bank to a multi-faceted institution. As a bank officer, real estate and commercial mortgages were his specialty. More

George Mihalik

George S. Mihalik '62 — Charitable Gift Annuity
After graduating with an accounting degree in 1962, George Mihalik joined Deloitte & Touche (then Haskins and Sells), became a certified public accountant, and audited companies in a wide range of industries, including construction, shipping, food service, and banking. In 1977, George joined the internal audit department of Texasgulf, Inc., a mining company. More

Jon Pascale

Jon Pascale '75 — Gift in his Will
After graduating from Fairfield in 1975 with a B.A. in politics, followed by a law degree from Syracuse University in 1978, Jon served as a captain and criminal defense attorney in the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps. After his service in the Army, Jon worked at a think tank in Washington, D.C., and then as a political appointee in the Reagan administration. More

Susan Rudolph

Susan Rudolph ’89 — Gift in her Will
Susan has included Fairfield in her estate plan by naming the University a beneficiary in her will. Her bequest will augment the general scholarship endowment and establish the Susan Rudolph Endowed Scholarship Fund. More

Salvatore Santella

Dr. Salvatore 'Sal' Santella '53 — Scholarship and Gift in his Will
After graduating from Fairfield with a degree in biology from the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Salvatore 'Sal' Santella '53, began his journey into the world of medicine. He was one of the first Fairfield students to be accepted into medical school and was encouraged by his Jesuit mentors to attend the Creighton University School of Medicine in Nebraska. More

Liam and Katie Baker

Joseph F. Walton '75 — Gift in his Will
Joseph F. Walton '75 is senior vice president for Global Operations and Human Resources for EMC Corporation, one of the world's largest IT providers, with revenues of almost $22 billion in 2012. Walton's division, Global Enterprise Services, accounts for approximately half of EMC's workforce of 60,000 people worldwide. More

Roland J. Zwiebel

Roland J. Zwiebel ’65 — Gift in his Will
Roland J. Zwiebel ’65 grew up in Waterbury, Conn., where he had a wonderful dentist who, he says, “took the time to explain what he was doing,” and was the inspiration for Dr. Zwiebel’s future career. Being from a family of engineers, he was mechanically inclined. With his interest in both biology and chemistry, dentistry seemed a fulfilling field of work. More

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