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1965 Graduate’s Journey from Loyalty to Legacy

Bob and Jane Dunphy

Bob ’65 and Jane Dunphy have included Catholic University in their will in thanks for the opportunities his education gave him.

We are honored to celebrate Robert “Bob” Dunphy, BSCE ’65, and his wife, Jane, as members of the University’s prestigious St. Thomas Aquinas Society. We all have recollections that define a certain place and time in our lives. For Bob, fond memories of The Catholic University of America include civil engineering labs and camaraderie, Sputnik in the news, a field trip to the Alpha cement plant, Hartke Theatre, Senators Club, the Beatles, and Bob Dylan. Although the memories of the assassination of President Kennedy and the Cuban missile crisis are not happy ones, the University community nevertheless bonded in the face of these events.

Bob credits Catholic University with helping to set the foundation for a promising future with excellent career opportunities. Commuting to campus from Virginia as a day hop meant spending a lot of time in traffic on different routes and in different modes — bus, various carpools, and finally his own car. This experience, coupled with the skills learned in engineering classes, provided ideas for creative transportation solutions. Cody Phanstiel, a Metro official who was one of the most influential people in getting Metro built, was a speaker in Bob’s classes.

During his senior year, Bob worked on a research project led by one of his transportation professors. He also seized an opportunity to take a graduate course taught by the District of Columbia’s traffic engineer and filled with students who were practitioners. The professor subsequently offered Bob a job. Clearly, he was destined to work in transportation, a field he found fulfilling and endlessly interesting.

The Dunphys have been married for 48 years. They have been loyal supporters of Catholic University and Jane’s alma mater, The George Washington University, for more than 30 years. When the couple discussed who should be remembered in their wills, their alma maters were at the top of the list. Bob felt it was also important to recognize his parents who were instrumental in his education — enabling him to be the first in his family to graduate from college. Bob’s father died while he was in high school. Thanks to his mother and a government loan, Bob was able to graduate and go on to advanced studies.

After considerations such as life span, health, management of spending and investing, and property values, Bob and Jane decided to give a percentage of their estate in support of the University’s greatest needs rather than give a certain amount.

As the Dunphys and other generous donors have discovered, even a gift of 5 to 10 percent of your estate can make a big difference to the students, faculty, and programs at Catholic University.

Your estate gift can make a difference for Catholic University students. Contact Isabel de la Puente at 202-319-6914 or to find out how to maximize your generosity.

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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.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to The Catholic University of America, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 620 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington DC 20064, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Catholic University or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property, or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

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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