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Bernie Dunfee – Generosity Beyond her Lifetime

Bernie Dunfee – Generosity Beyond her Lifetime

Bernadine (Bernie) Dunfee was a visionary woman from humble beginnings. Her life of accomplishment began to flourish when she came to “Old Olivet” in 1935 and studied Math for three years. Although she loved Olivet, Bernie transferred to Wilmington College for her senior year so that she would be able to receive her teacher certification from the State of Ohio, where she was originally from.

After teaching high school Math for three years in her home state, Bernie relocated to Washington D.C. and earned a Master’s Degree in Physics from George Washington University. She then worked for the National Institute of Standards for over 30 years.

Married for only a brief time and having no children, Bernie established an endowed scholarship in 1986 through a gift of $2,000 in memory of her mother. She added to that scholarship with additional gifts until she passed away in October 2009.

Bernie’s support for Olivet remained constant throughout her life, once stating “I am a strong believer in education and a stronger proponent of helping a young person who wants an education but can’t afford one.” She later promised to keep Olivet in her estate plans as long as it maintained its mission: “Education with a Christian Purpose.”

Olivet has held to that mission unfalteringly, and Bernie consummated a longstanding practice of advocacy and philanthropy to Olivet with an estate gift of $100,000 for the endowed scholarship.

Like Bernie, you also may want to include a Bequest to Olivet in your will or you may consider another planned gift. Olivet’s Planned Giving Center is designed to help you achieve your philanthropic goals. If you would like to learn more about Bequests, click here. To learn more about creating a Will and other forms of Planned Giving, click here.