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  • My Giving Story: David Lawrence Rabiner

    September 5, 2017

    My Giving Story: David Lawrence Rabiner

    David Lawrence Rabiner Ph.D.’87, P’10 decided to attend Duke for his graduate degree for two reasons. First, he was fascinated by the work his Ph.D. advisor, Dr. John Coie, was doing on children’s peer relations and social rejection, and Rabiner felt compelled to work in this area. He was also fortunate to be awarded a James B. Duke Fellowship, which provided a generous package of financial support. Continue Reading ➜

  • My Giving Story: Chun Lam

    August 8, 2017

    My Giving Story: Chun Lam

    Chun Lam has spent the last decade contemplating the meaning of life. After careful consideration, he’s arrived at the conclusion: The part of us that lives on after we are gone is what we give back.

    “As I become older, I have started to get more philosophical about the world. We are not here for a long time, we are here for a meaningful time. As we get older, we realize the mortality of our lives,” said Lam. Continue Reading ➜

  • A Duke Legacy

    July 27, 2017

    A Duke Legacy

    Alden (Bud) W. Dudley, Jr., T’58, MD’62, HS’65-’67, and his family have a long history with Duke. His late wife, Mary Adams Dudley, WC’59, PhD’66, and her father, Raymond D. Adams, MD’37, were alumni. Alden and Mary’s sons, R. Adams Dudley, T`86, MD’91, and Eric Clark Dudley, T`89, are both Duke graduates. The family has begun just as strong a tradition of giving back. Continue Reading ➜

  • Julian Abele drawing returns to Duke University Archives

    July 20, 2017

    Julian Abele drawing returns to Duke University Archives

    Thanks to the generosity of Duke alumnus, Joel Martin ’48, an important part of Duke history has recently returned to Durham. With the help of his daughter, Elizabeth Marin, Martin donated an original pen and ink architectural drawing of Duke Chapel by Julian Abele, a prominent African-American architect and chief designer in the officers of Horace Trumbauer. Continue Reading ➜

  • My Giving Story: Ron Temple

    June 21, 2017

    My Giving Story: Ron Temple

    From his office in New York’s famed 30 Rock building, Ron Temple ’90 has an amazing view of the colorful living tapestry below. And thanks to a Duke education he calls “transformational,” Temple also has an elevated ability to see shades of gray in a world that seems increasingly polarized.

    “In my experience, black-and-white opinions are often held most strongly by people who have not taken the time to challenge themselves or their views,” Temple says. “I entered Duke with strong opinions, but left with more modulated, nuanced views. The way I approach a question or problem was changed by my time at Duke and my exposure to people with different values and views.”
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  • Giving to Duke Cancer Institute: Harold and Selma Lerner

    June 5, 2017

    Giving to Duke Cancer Institute: Harold and Selma Lerner

    Retired from their careers as an electrical engineer and a registered nurse, Harold and Selma Lerner transplanted to Durham from their native Boston more than 20 years ago. The Lerners live only an eight-minute ride from Duke, a choice that was a lifesaver when Harold had a stroke. Afterward, he was impressed that his doctor spent more than an hour explaining the results of his brain imaging studies. Continue Reading ➜

  • Our Giving Story: David and Karen Cutcliffe

    April 21, 2017

    Our Giving Story: David and Karen Cutcliffe

    One of the ways to have an impact at Duke is by making a gift that will enable the university to thrive for generations to come. Head football coach of the Duke University Blue Devils, David Cutcliffe, and his wife, Karen, share the reasons why they chose to create an endowment for the Duke Catholic Center.

    "We are required to give back in some kind of capacity because that's how you make a difference in the world," says Coach Cutcliffe. For this couple, making a gift to Duke is making an investment in the world. Watch this video to learn how impact and inspiration motivates the Cutcliffes to give. Continue Reading ➜

  • My Giving Story: Carol Ensinger

    March 30, 2017

    My Giving Story: Carol Ensinger

    Through smarts and persistence, Carol Ensinger ’82, Ph.D.’88 made a career of breaking down gender bias. In her retirement, she is teaching others to break through their own barriers to success.

    Ensinger entered Duke a semester late, but was determined to graduate with her class. She met resistance not only to that plan, but also to her goal of majoring in chemistry. In the early 80s, few women were pursuing a career in this field. The dean of freshmen at the time was unconvinced that Ensinger could complete the difficult chemistry coursework she needed to catch up. Continue Reading ➜

  • Our Giving Story: Jerry and Bev Wilkinson

    December 19, 2016

    Our Giving Story: Jerry and Bev Wilkinson

    “My experience at Duke not only formed me as a person, but transformed me,” said Jerry Wilkinson B.S.E.'67, P’98, P’00, P’03, who received a degree in electrical engineering from Pratt School of Engineering. “Engineering is a discipline that develops problem solving skills, and Duke prepared me to build those life-long skills, to further my engineering studies, and pursue my career.” Continue Reading ➜

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