Remembering ‘Family First’ in Estate Plans Includes Gonzaga Family

Dick Myers

In 2017 at the annual St. Aloysius Dinner, Dick Myers received Gonzaga’s highest honor, the St. Aloysius Medal for Service to School and Community.

Dick Myers is one of Gonzaga’s legendary educators. For 29 years, beginning in 1974, Dick taught English literature and writing while coaching the Eagles’ basketball teams to numerous winning and championship seasons. He retired in 2004 as one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in the country. Dick and his wife, Mary, are now enjoying retirement in St. Mary’s Island, Georgia. Recently, they met with a financial professional to set up their estate plan. “We told our lawyer that we want to remember ‘family first,’ and that includes our Gonzaga family,” Dick says. “That is etched in stone.”

What is also etched in stone is the affection Dick holds for hundreds of relationships made with students, players, faculty and coaches that continue to enrich his life today. And, as a good coach, he recognizes that excellence starts at the top.

“There exists at Gonzaga shared trust that begins with the leadership of the Jesuits, Father Dooley, Father Novotny and now Father Planning. It’s something that was, and is, felt by the whole faculty. And it doesn’t stop there. The loyalty and love for the school on the part of the alumni is truly infectious. I can honestly say that I looked forward to coming to work on Eye Street every single day for my 29-plus years. Even now, I come back as often as I can. Eye Street is a special place.”

Dick and Mary believe deeply in Gonzaga’s Jesuit mission of educating boys to become “Men with and for Others” and are happy to do their part to ensure that that mission continues long into the future by including Gonzaga in their estate plans.

Once, when Dick was being interviewed for an article in the sports section of The Washington Post, he confessed, “Coming to Eye Street was one the best things to ever happen to me.”

It was one of the best things to ever happen to Gonzaga, too.

If you would like to discuss the many ways to support Gonzaga like Dick and Mary have, please reach out to Daniel P. Costello ’72 at dcostell@gonzaga.org or (202) 336-7174 to start the conversation.

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