of an education ispriceless! Yet the cost of an educa-tion can be very expensive. Alumniand current students, alike, haveexpressed their gratitude for schol-arships they received that enabledthem to receive a quality educa-tion, whether at the Lake Merrittcampus or the Mountain Boulevardcampus.
Holy Names University has beenblessed to receive a number of endowed scholarships over the yearsthat were obtained because an alumor friend designated funds in theirestate plans for scholarships. Weare pleased to highlight in this is-sue of
Focus on the Future
two suchgifts that we have received frombequests.We received word in Fall 2008 thatformer Regent, Robert Summers, hadremembered Holy Names Universityvery generously in his will. The Rob-ert W. Summers and Beverly Sum-mers Scholarship will target studentswho are interested in pursuing careersin science/medicine and journalism.During a memorial Mass that wascelebrated in McLean Chapel onFebruary 26, 2009, the sixth-month
anniversary of Bob’s death, Sister IreneWoodward, who had been Presidentwhen Bob was most active with HolyNames, shared her reections of hislife. She spoke about how Bob was in-troduced to then-Holy Names College:“During this time, we also started anannual Business Symposium, bringingthe business and civic leaders togetheron our campus for a full day, to dreamand plan together for a better Oaklandand East Bay. We did not know any-one from Chevron, which had recentlymoved its corporate headquarters outof San Francisco to San Ramon, andwhich was eager to establish good rela-tions with this new part of the world.The gift from Chevron to us, one thathas endured to this day, was the as-signing of Bob Summers, their Man-ager of Public Affairs for the East Bay,to head up their relationship to HolyNames. Through his position, he wasable to get many gifts for Holy Namesfrom Chevron through the years, butthe greatest gift was Bob himself.”Bob was very generous to Holy Names.Despite his frequent presence, Bob wasnever imposing or sought the lime-light. Sr. Irene concluded this way:“So, when Bob died last summer, wehad grateful memories of a truly gentleman, and we will always hold themfondly and sacredly. But the story isnot nished; Bob did one nal thingin the same way he had done every-thing—quietly, modestly, withoutbringing attention to himself, but withdeep loyalty and devotion. I mightsay that he fullled every universitypresident’s dream: to learn one daythat someone has left the institution avery signicant amount of money forstudent scholarships. We had no idea
Scholarships from Bequests
that he included us in his will, muchless, for a very large gift.”
of 2009 we receiveda check from the estate of PatriciaWard Engstrom. Pat was not in ourdatabase so it took a bit of sleuthingto determine her relationship with theUniversity andwe discoveredthat she was amember of theClass of 1950!She graduatedwith a degreein history andwas a memberof the historyhonor society,Alpha Phi Alpha. She also participatedin the International Relations Club,Masquers (the drama club), StudentTeachers Association, Tau Delta Gam-ma (scholastic honor society), and themath club. During her senior year, Patwas named as the Business Manager of Excalibur, the yearbook, and she wasrecognized by the staff for “keepingus out of the red.” After graduation,Pat moved to Fresno and was married.Although she had not maintained con-tact with Holy Names, Pat’s educationmeant a great deal to her, obviously, asHNU was one of two major recipientsof her estate.
Bob and Pat, for remembering our students so thoughtfully—your partnership with us will enable our students to achieve their dreams of receiving a college education.
Robert Summers with sister, Beverly Summers