College receives extraordinary gift from the Waldo and Rosalie
$500,000 to support Lincoln Heritage
Museum and other campus needs
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[July 31, 2014]
LINCOLN - Lincoln College has received
a major gift from the estate of former College Trustee Waldo Bertoni
and his wife Rosalie, President John Blackburn’s office announced
this week. Half of the $500,000 gift is to go to support the Lincoln
Heritage Museum with the remaining balance unrestricted.
“Small private colleges depend on the generosity of
donors to support campus programs and operations, and to help keep
college affordable for our students. We’re unique in that we also
have a world class museum on our campus, but we wouldn’t have the
Lincoln Heritage Museum if it weren’t for the generosity of people
in Logan County like the Bertonis. They cared deeply about young
people and education and about our local history, and Lincoln
College is honored to receive this gift,” said Blackburn.
“Rosalie had told me how much Lincoln College meant to her and
Waldo, and that they believed strongly in the College’s mission of
empowering students to reach their potential. Their gift is a great
endorsement of that mission,” said Vice President for Institutional
Advancement Debbie Ackerman. “Unrestricted gifts give the College
the freedom to address strategic priorities and meet urgent needs as
they arise so students have the best educational experience.”
Waldo Bertoni grew up in Mount Pulaski, and two of his brothers, Sam
and Renny, attended Lincoln College in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Waldo attended West Point, and after a long and distinguished career
in the Air Force and defense industry, returned to Mount Pulaski in
2005. The Bertonis were actively involved in numerous local
organizations, including the Lincoln Elks Lodge and the Mount
Pulaski Rotary, American Legion, Historical Society, and 175th
Planning Committee. Waldo served as a Trustee of Lincoln College
from 2008 until his death in 2011. Rosalie served on the Lincoln
Heritage Museum’s Soirée Committee for several years.
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Lincoln College alumnus and Trustee Emeritus Bill Gossett
recruited Bertoni to serve as a College Trustee in 2008.
“I was always delighted that Waldo accepted my idea that he
would make a great Trustee for Lincoln College. He took a keen
interest in our College and its mission; he and I had some great
conversations about Lincoln College. The generosity of the
Bertonis will have a lasting impact on students and, indeed,
their gift will be a gift that keeps on giving,” said Gossett.
[Text received; TRACY BERGIN, LINCOLN