Leaving a Boxer Legacy
Charlotte Filer didn’t attend Pacific University, but she was part of the Boxer family all the same.
For 15 years, Filer served as public information director at Pacific and editor of Pacific magazine, then called Pacific Today.
Like some 60 percent of today’s employees, Filer considered Pacific more than a place to work, giving back not only with her time, but with her money. During her years of employment, she made several gifts, little contributions of $15 or $30 to the library fund or Old College Hall Museum.
Upon her retirement in 1989, though, she started planning more long-term, establishing the roots of the Charlotte Filer Scholarship Fund.
In March, Filer passed away at the age of 83. Her estate included a bequest to Pacific, endowing the scholarship fund and ensuring that it will benefit students in perpetuity.
Filer was not alone in leaving bequests to Pacific in the past year.
Ruth Chauncey Bishop ’68 was a lifelong adventurer and passionate genealogist who passed on May 28. Upon her death, the Charles K. Bishop Memorial Endowment for Music received a generous gift from her late mother’s trust. This family legacy will provide student scholarships, as well as additional support for the Music Department at Pacific.
Meanwhile, longtime Pacific friend Sally Brown, who passed away in August 2014, left an endowment that will create a recurring presidential scholarship — a near-full ride for a meritorious student with financial need — to be awarded at the discretion of the president.
These gifts create perpetual opportunities for Pacific students and, through them, the legacies of Boxer friends and alumni live on.
All those who include Pacific University in their estate plans, such as through a will, bequest or life insurance, are invited to join the Heart of Oak Society. Please let us know, by calling 503-352-2211, so that we can recognize your generosity. Our donor honor roll is online and in print by request. ■
How to Give
Miss seeing your name in these pages? Every gift is an opportunity to make a difference in the life of a student. We have listed all donor names online, and you also can get a printed copy with our compliments by request.
Boxer Giving Day is a special 24-hour giving opportunity. Show your support for Pacific with an extra gift on March 15!
In 2014, the IRS allowed a limited-time opportunity to make a rollover from an IRA into a charitable gift, tax-free. A similar opportunity is pending Congressional approval for 2015. Check with your tax advisor today!
Join the Charles Trombley Society today! Our generous donors of $1,000 or more per year are members of this society and receive an insider’s newsletter, invitations to exclusive events and more.
This story first appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of Pacific Magazine. For more stories, visit pacificu.edu/magazine.