When Dr. Michael Borts '75 transferred to St. Louis University High School his junior year, he was given an opportunity that changed the trajectory of his life. After decades of showing gratitude for his SLUH experience, Dr. Borts and his wife, Dr. Mary Jo Gorman, have chosen to sustain their support of SLUH in perpetuity by naming the high school and prepatory school as a beneficiary in their will.
"SLUH was a turning point in my life," says Dr. Borts, an allergist-immunologist in St. Louis. "At another high school, I almost failed my sophomore year, but being presented with the opportunities and resources to learn with a group of Men for Others motivated me to learn and excel as an upperclassman."
Dr. Borts maximized his academic potential at SLUH and was awarded a curators scholarship to the University of Missouri that "allowed me to continue my education, eventually leading me to where I am today, providing care and support for people who put their trust in me."
In addition to excelling academically at SLUH, Dr. Borts played guitar at Mass and learned to ski his senior year during the school's first annual ski trip. His favorite teachers included Tom Becvar, "who was always happy," and Fr. Paul Distler, SJ, "who made learning Latin come alive."
"At SLUH I learned to appreciate everyone for who they are and seeing what each contributes to the whole in his own way," says Dr. Borts, who grew up in the Seven Holy Founders parish in Affton. "It opened my eyes to a world of opportunities I had never before seen."
In appreciation for his formative experience, Dr. Borts began donating to SLUH shortly after he graduated from medical school at Saint Louis University and finished his residency. Today, he and his wife are faithful supporters of the Jr. Bill Fund. In addition, they made a gift to the Go Forth campaign to cover the cost of tuition for one student for five years and also included a provision in their will to further support scholarships.
"SLUH needs to endure so that it can continue to provide education during the formative years of young men for generations to come," says Dr. Borts. "When I am gone, I would like to see the fruits of my labor continue to provide opportunities for young men of diverse backgrounds and means."
Like Dr. Borts, you can use your estate plan to help future SLUH students achieve their dreams. Contact Linda Domeyer at (314) 269-2113 or email@example.com to learn more about the different ways you can give.