The Class of '70 is like many classes at SLUH, in that they meet regularly beyond reunions for lunches, happy hours and golf outings. John Weller '70 cherishes these moments and wants to ensure that future Jr. Bills are afforded the same opportunity to not only prepare for college, but to forge lifelong friendships.
"We have a legendary Christmas party at Failoni's bar each year," says Weller. "One of the great things about our class is that I have become friends with guys that I didn't know well in high school. I've gotten to know them at reunions and class gatherings, years after graduation."
An active student at SLUH, Weller played football and was a senior class officer. His presence at school extended well beyond graduation. Since 1974, Weller has served on the Alumni Board and is a past president of the alumni organization that meets quarterly to advance the school's mission. In 2005, he was recognized with the John J. Divine, S.J. Alumni Service Award for his dedicated service to SLUH.
Today, Weller's passion for SLUH inspires him to regularly support the Annual Fund. He always wanted to do more, however, so he designated a portion of the proceeds of a life insurance policy as a gift to his alma mater.
"My wife, Rosemary, and my sons are my top priority, of course," says Weller, whose sons, John and Sam, graduated from SLUH in 1995 and 2004, respectively. "But I was able to carve out a piece for SLUH as well. Leaving a share of my life insurance is a welcome price to pay for a lifetime of great stories and lasting friendships."
Thanks to the generosity of alumni like Weller, future generations of Jr. Bills will benefit from a premier, spiritually grounded education and lifelong relationships with others who share their values. "I formed friendships that have lasted over 40 years," says Weller. "Somehow, the memories, the friendships from SLUH never fade."
Your support ensures that future students are able to benefit from the education and friends formed at SLUH for years to come. Contact Melissa Jones, CFRE at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-269-2186 to learn more about the many ways you can invest in SLUH students through your estate.