Don MacQuarrie '69 - A Track Record of Giving
Like many Nichols alumni, Don MacQuarrie's fondest memories of his collegiate experience are centered on athletics. MacQuarrie came back to campus on September 19, 2015, for the induction of his undefeated 1965 cross country team into the Nichols College Athletic Hall of Honor. While he was a freshman for the 1965 season, MacQuarrie literally hit the ground running and was a major contributor to the team's undefeated season. (His individual accomplishments in track and field were recognized in 1978 when he was inducted into the college's Hall of Fame.) Participating on a team early in his college career fostered a spirit of community and involvement that stayed with MacQuarrie through his four years at Nichols and then throughout his adult life. As a senior, he parlayed his desire to be involved and give back into leadership roles on campus - as the president of the student government and as captain of the track team. MacQuarrie made the most of his time at Nichols, and now considers it his duty to repay his alma mater for giving him such a great foundation of participation and leadership.
"The older you get, you realize the impact the school had on you. This makes you want to give back," stated MacQuarrie in an interview at the Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony. One manner in which MacQuarrie has opted to give back is through making a planned gift to Nichols. MacQuarrie made a provision in his will for Nichols, for which Nichols has named him a member of the Colonel Conrad Society, Nichols College's legacy society that honors donors who have documented planned gifts to the college. Other planned gifts include naming Nichols as a beneficiary in your life insurance policy or retirement account, charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts. The Advancement Office welcomes the opportunity to discuss planned giving options, and you may also visit www.nicholsgiving.org for helpful information about the tax advantages of these gifts.
MacQuarrie believes that "Nichols was a key component of my development. I think everybody should give back." If, like Don MacQuarrie, you have also made provisions in your will for Nichols, please inform the advancement office so that we may include you in the Conrad Society and thank you appropriately. Contact Heather Maykel, planned giving coordinator at 508-213-2425 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.