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Carol Freedman will never forget the moment she received her diploma from Curry College.
“It was one of my fondest moments…looking over at my parents and my brother and saying ‘I did it’,” says Carol, who graduated from Curry in 1966 with a degree in Education.
When she got her first job as an elementary educator in the New Jersey public school system in the late 1960s, Carol proudly hung her Curry diploma on the tattered classroom bulletin board. It remained there, alongside her master’s certificate from Rutgers University, through her thirty-six-year career.
Carol is proud of the strides she made in the classroom at Curry and remains grateful to her professors for helping her to forge a path to success in education.
“Curry prepared me. The Education majors all got great skills when we were there,” said Carol, who worked as a student teacher in
suburban Boston while working toward her degree. “Some of my classmates went on to other fields, but most of us stayed in the classroom teaching.”
While Carol thrived at Curry, she could not have made it to her graduation without the financial support she received from the college. Now that she is no longer giving back to students in the classroom, she is giving to Curry College in a way that will benefit the next generation of educators.
“I owe Curry for my degree,” said Freedman. “I owe them for a great education, I owe them for a great teaching job. Curry prepared me and I want to give back by helping to prepare the next generation.”
This is why Carol decided to include Curry as a beneficiary of her estate and join the 1879 Planned Giving Society. Honoring the year of our founding, the 1879 Planned Giving Society celebrates all that Samuel Silas and Anna Baright Curry envisioned to serve the educational needs of Curry students. With each generation of alumni, families, and friends, the Curry community renews their legacy. Estate gifts help to provide support for that mission.
“Someone did it for me, I want to do it for someone else,” said Carol. “I want to pass it on.”
Learn more about becoming a member of the 1879 Planned Giving Society or call the Institutional Advancement and Alumni Engagement office at 617-333-2121.
Estate gifts can include bequests, life insurance designations, and IRA distributions. Curry is grateful for all the estate gifts that allow our alumni families and friends to support our students the way Curry supported them.