We are thankful for those who have made an estate gift to The Wheeler School. Here are their stories.
Mary Eliot Winsor ’27
Mary Eliot Winsor ’27 understood that scholarships represent opportunity—for the students who receive them, and for the classmates (and teammates, castmates, bandmates, and friends) whose own lives are richer for knowing them.
Amy Baumgartel Singer ’89
A legacy family that is creating a legacy of giving for their family: Amy Baumgartel Singer, a member of the Wheeler graduating Class of 1989, with her husband, Adam, and children, Hannah ’20 and William ’24
Carol Graves Cimilluca ’59
Carol Graves Cimilluca ’59 has likely spent more time on campus than most alumni. She is a recent member of Wheeler's Board of Trustees and past president of the Alumni Association's Board. Yet, she is still amazed at how her alma mater has grown and transformed over the years.
Cristiana Quinn ’80
Cris Quinn ’80 reflects on her relationship with Wheeler, her legacy gift that honors cherished friendships, and why she chose to designate a significant portion of her estate to establish a Wheeler scholarship endowment for students of need.
Edith Swanson Middleton ’50
As Edith Swanson Middleton ’50 thinks back to the type of person she was before transferring to Wheeler as a sixth-grader many years ago, she recalls her extreme shyness and her trouble reading.
Harriet Fulton Dwyer ’61
Harriet Fulton Dwyer ’61 is alone in her Bristol, Rhode Island, kitchen when we come to visit; yet, she is surrounded by family: her husband, children and grandchild, her seven siblings, her Wheeler classmates, former campmates and most recently her 10,000 bees.
Marlene Cutitar ’79
A native of North Smithfield, Rhode Island, Marlene attended Wheeler for only her junior and senior years. Entering a new school with an already established class could have been awkward, but Marlene described the class as open and welcoming and the teachers engaging.
Rob Glancy ’01
Alumnus Rob Glancy ’01 took this advice to heart and recently included Wheeler as a beneficiary of his estate plan. His gift will support the arts, a program that first brought Rob to Wheeler as a ninth-grader and still remains important to him today.
Tinka Elliot Knopf de Esteban ’55
With a name as uncommon as "Tinka," you suspect there is an interesting story to tell about this 1955 graduate from Wheeler. And there is.
Mary C. Wheeler
The Wheeler School began with a vision and a gift from Mary C. Wheeler. In 1889, artist and educator Mary Colman Wheeler expanded her Art Studio to create a School where the "fullness of life" was encouraged and the academic courses developed along the most "advanced lines of education." She was in her 40s.
Michele Sczerbinski Diaz ’86
One of Michele's very first memories of "philanthropy" is from many years ago when she was a young girl. It was Christmas time and she went with her father for a ride, to where she wasn't sure.