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A Loyalty That Transcends Time

Betty Busch

Betty L. Busch’s fondness for the University as well as the drama program inspired her gift to Catholic University.

The Catholic University of America is honored to be a beneficiary of the estate of Betty L. Busch, J.D. This generous $50,000 bequest will tremendously benefit the University’s Department of Speech and Drama.

Just One Look (or Year), That’s All It Took!

In the late 1940s, with the encouragement of Father Albert H. Ottenweller, later auxiliary bishop of Toledo, then bishop of Steubenville, Betty began her higher education studies at Catholic University. Due to financial limitations, she was able to attend for only one year. That was all it took for her to become fond of the University, especially the drama program. Her fondness lasted for many years into the future. 

Following her studies at Catholic University, Betty returned to her hometown and graduated from Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law in 1960. Despite the obstacles and uncertain perceptions of women in the profession in the 1960s, Betty and her contemporaries pioneered opportunities for future generations of women as lawyers.

In 1965, she blazed new trails for female attorneys, becoming the first female judicial officer to serve in Montgomery County (Ohio) as an appointed referee (now referred to as a magistrate) in the domestic relations division of the Commons Pleas Court. From 1971 to 1993, Betty served her legal community as director of the Dayton Law Library Association. 

We wish Betty had shared her passion for the University’s drama program while she was living. How wonderful it would have been to know her and to invite her back to enjoy student drama productions. It would also have been an honor to welcome her into the St. Thomas Aquinas Society, the University’s recognition forum for bequest intentions.

Please Do Not Let Your Heartfelt Intentions Be Left Unoticed or Unappreciated

Simply complete and return (or scan and email) this Bequest Intention form. This is not a legal document and can be revoked or modified at anytime. If you have already included Catholic University in your future plans but have not yet told us, please let us know so we can properly thank you. Contact Isabel de la Puente at or 202-319-6914 or Leo Gallegos at or 202-319-6926.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to The Catholic University of America a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

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The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

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You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Catholic University as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Catholic University as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Catholic University where you agree to make a gift to Catholic University and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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