There was much that I loved about Bowdoin—my favorite professors: Geoghegan, Shipman, Darling and Storer; my wonderful classmates; the rigor of the academic preparation; and the emphasis on the Common Good, which helped instill in me a real passion for social justice.
While I've always tried to support the causes and places I care about, since retirement I've been able to focus on charitable contributions and their impacts.
I started making annual gifts to the alumni fund soon after I graduated-as soon as I had a regular job and could afford it. Even early on, I knew how much Bowdoin meant to me, and I wanted to pass along those advantages to the students who came after me. I started small but was able to build up those gifts as I progressed through my career.
When I made my estate plan about 15 years ago, I included Bowdoin in a substantial way. I felt strongly that I wanted part of my legacy to include support for the academic programs, student life, financial aid and all the other elements that will continue to make the Bowdoin student experience so special for generations to come.
Most recently, I established the Class of 1964 Scholarship Fund to address Bowdoin's most pressing current need: financial aid. The fund provides tuition assistance to the deserving and extraordinarily talented students who are on campus right now. It also serves as a convenient vehicle for others in our graduating class to support current Bowdoin students if they so choose.
Taken as a whole, these three ways of giving back to the College—annual gifts, a planned gift and an endowed scholarship fund—allow me to participate in the lives of current students and those who will be lucky enough to attend Bowdoin later on.
-Steven J. Weiss '64
About Steve and Linda:
After earning his economics degree from Bowdoin, Steve moved to Boston where he earned a master's degree from Harvard and then worked as vice president and economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, until he was named as Massachusetts' deputy commissioner of banks.
He later moved on to the Treasury Department in Washington, D.C., where he served as deputy comptroller of the currency. Steve and Linda live in Boonsboro, Md., where they are proud to have reforested much of their land by planting new trees. They also spend much of their time traveling, hiking and enjoying theater and other cultural events in Washington, D.C.