Donor Stories

Edward Murphy ’66

Edward Murphy ’66
Ed Murphy of the Class of 1966 has, by making provisions for Gonzaga through his estate plans, established three scholarships. Thanks to teachers and coaches, Ed Murphy ’66 learned many lessons while a student on Eye Street.
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Adrian Borneman

Adrian Borneman
More than anything, Adrian Borneman wanted to ensure that her only child, Mark, would be remembered after she was gone. Mark had died suddenly at the age of thirty-one.
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William P. Cannon

William P. “Rick” Cannon, English Teacher
Why I have chosen to stay at Gonzaga these past four decades-through the providence of three Presidents and seven Headmasters and through a few turnovers of faculty—is simple: Gonzaga pulls the best from me.
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Jim and Margot Durkin

Jim ’66 and Margot Durkin
Jim Durkin and his wife, Margot, believe deeply in supporting excellence in education. Jim is a devoted member of the Class of 1966 and Margot has recently retired from a long and distinguished career in education as a Chief Advancement Officer and as Head of School.
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Dr. Ray Pilkerton

Dr. Ray ’52 and Sally Pilkerton
Ray Pilkerton '52 and his wife, Sally, have decided to make a bequest in their wills to support the ongoing educational excellence at Gonzaga. In doing so, they drew on Ray's experience of his own time on Eye Street and the gratitude they share for the educations of their sons Ray III '85 and Chris '91.
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Dick Ridgway

Richard “Dick” Ridgway ’54
Dick Ridgway believed in giving needy young people the opportunity of a Catholic school education. Dick's father had died when he was twelve years old and only because of a stranger's kindness (he'd always suspected that it was the Jesuits at Gonzaga) he was able to attend Gonzaga, where he spent four memorable years.
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Michael E. Warner

Michael E. Warner ’53
A gridiron standout for the Eagles in high school, Mike Warner returned to Eye Street to coach football and teach history. Even after moving to Roanoke, Virginia to pursue a career opportunity and to raise a family with his wife, Carolyn, Mike remained deeply passionate about his alma mater.
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Paul and Katherine Norton Warren

Paul ’68 and Katherine Norton Warren
Paul and Kathy Warren are the parents of two Gonzaga alumni, Chris, ‘95 and Tim, ‘01. Paul over the years has served his alma mater in several volunteer and leadership capacities, including being President of the Fathers Club and a member of the Board of Directors. When asked, Paul and Kathy happily shared why they will continue to support Gonzaga through their estate plans.
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Dr. James C. Walsh

Dr. James C. Walsh ‘37
When Dr. James C. Walsh '37 reached retirement he had several financial goals he wanted to achieve. A widower, Jim first had to make sure he had sufficient income to last his lifetime.
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