Donor Stories

The stories below speak to the tremendous impact of our donors' generosity and the immense power your gift can have to changes students' lives. 

Read their stories below:


Dr. Robert S. Smith ’61, P’87, and Sheila Smith P’87

“I always wanted to be a doctor,” Dr. Robert (Bob) Smith ’61, P’87, remembers. “I even wrote to the American Cancer Society when I was 10 and told them I had a suggestion for finding the cure for cancer!”

G. Kenneth Kohlmaier, CFP, J.D., ’73, P’05, P’16

For Ken Kohlmaier ’73, it’s personal—family (including two daughters who are F&M alumnae), alma mater, personal finance and business.

John L. Neigh, M.D., ’55, P’92, G’15

John L. Neigh, M.D., ’55, P’92, G’15, and his wife, Charline, are big supporters of Franklin & Marshall College. They so deeply believe in what the College does, they support it in many ways.

John L. Clark, M.D., ’67

“My family didn’t have the money to send me to college,” Clark recalls. “F&M gave me a full scholarship, and that started my love affair with Franklin & Marshall College.”

Lawrence Rouff, D.D.S., P’99, and Lana K. Rouff P’99

Lawrence Rouff, D.D.S., P’99, and Lana K. Rouff P’99 still feel admiration for Franklin & Marshall College 17 years after their daughter, Katie Rouff-Ward, graduated in 1999.

Faye and Richard Gelhard '57

Faye Gelhard, a Lancaster County native and late widow of F&M alumnus Richard Gelhard '57, left a significant bequest to F&M, the value of which is estimated to reach nearly $6.3 million.

Mary B. Hyman

Mary B. Hyman is a member of F&M's Board of Visitors and a member of the Founders Society. Her husband, Sigmund '47, who died in 2002, was a longtime member of F&M's Board of Trustees, past president of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, and a Diplomat lacrosse student-athlete.

Donald W. Porter ‘67, G’03

Donald W. Porter ‘67, G’03, is a member of the Board of Visitors of Franklin & Marshall College, a past president of the Alumni Association Board, and a reunion class volunteer, but his student experience at F&M was far from typical.

Eugene Harsh ’54

Looking back, Eugene Harsh ’54 sees a life well lived—in a number of places, in a variety of careers, and with an amazing partner.

Denise and Dean Pappas, M.D., ’73

Dean Pappas, M.D., ’73 is the chief pathologist at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford, Mass.

Peter Kastor, Ph.D. [charity_name] Donor

Peter Kastor, Ph.D., ’89

Professor and chair in the Department of History at Washington University in St. Louis, Peter Kastor, Ph.D., ’89, has written books, essays and articles, and teaches undergraduates in history and American culture studies classes.

Marsha and Dusty Prentiss [charity_name] Donors

Marsha and Dusty Prentiss ’71

Dusty Prentiss ’71 says he had a mind-expanding experience at Franklin & Marshall College. “I didn’t know what I didn’t know,” he remembers. “I had new experiences, which led to new thoughts. I got a well-rounded education, and because of that I have a good feeling about the universe.”

Barbara and Stephen Slogoff, M.D. [charity_name] Donors

Barbara and Stephen Slogoff, M.D., '64

Stephen Slogoff ’64, dean emeritus of the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago, says he is grateful to Franklin & Marshall College for accepting him—an orphan from Philadelphia who didn’t have the money for higher education.

Michael Mark, Esq., '74

Michael Mark, Esq., '74 hasn't traveled beyond the moon—yet—but he has been involved in "planetary entry, descent and landing." For the last 15 years, he has served as an associate chief counsel for NASA at the Langley Research Center in Virginia.