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Alumna Designates Antioch College in Her Will to Invest in the Future


Joyce Oelschlager Idema ’57 followed her high school friend, Gretchen Reinke Price ’57, to Antioch College from Minnesota and found a great fit. “I was from a small town, and at Antioch I got to see the world.”

Joyce has made a generous commitment to Antioch College in her will—a gift of her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She had already named Antioch as a beneficiary of her IRA, and added the gift of her home to ensure that she took full advantage of the ways she could provide for Antioch through estate planning.

She explains, “I’m grateful to Antioch and what it stands for. Antioch College was life-changing. I contribute each year, but I also decided to leave my home to Antioch in my will.”

“A gift of real estate is a very generous way of giving back through one’s estate. Gifts such as Joyce’s leave a lasting legacy for generations to come,” says Karen Sieber, major gifts officer at Antioch College. “We are thrilled, honored, and grateful. Estate gifts make a tremendous difference to Antioch’s future.”

Joyce served two terms on the alumni board and was asked to be on the first interim board of trustees when Antioch was re-organizing. She remains on the board of trustees and is an active, committed member of the Antioch family.

Alumnus Gives Back to Antioch with IRA Charitable Rollover to Support "College of Distinction"

Dr. Irwin "Pomey" Pomerantz '57 was so set on his decision to attend Antioch College that it was the only place where he applied for admission. "I learned much about the college from two then-enrolled students in my hometown on Long Island," he says. "I preferred an out-of-town school and thought the possibility of co-op work experience in different aspects of chemistry could help in making career choices."

In thanks for the education that led to his successful and rewarding career, Dr. Pomerantz gives back to Antioch through the IRA charitable rollover. "I became interested in contributing via a qualified charitable distribution from my IRA after I had to begin taking required minimum distributions from it," he says. "I was attracted to this idea because such donations benefit the donor as well as the charitable institution."

Dr. Pomerantz says that he'd like to see Antioch again become known as a college of distinction, with emphasis on experiential learning and challenging and wide-ranging academic offerings —with student involvement in policy-making and pioneering in consideration of new ways of learning at the college level. "If alumni see the 'spark' of something vital being incubated or actually being implemented at Antioch," he concludes, "then they should find some way to contribute to the College in its rebirth and development."

The Hugh Taylor Birch Legacy SocietyIf you would like to leave a lasting legacy that will benefit Antioch College students for generations to come, we’d like to talk with you.

Please contact:
Susanne Hashim, Vice President for Advancement
(937) 319-0163
shashim@antiochcollege.edu