chinese proverb tree

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.”
– Chinese proverb

We are truly grateful for the foresight and generosity of the members of the Great Oaks Society. Like those who plant a tree that will grow to maturity many years in the future, these individuals have chosen to make arrangements now for a gift that will later benefit the university through their estate plans, such as the contribution of stocks or securities, or through a charitable bequest or gift annuity. Recently, the university received three such thoughtful gifts directed to the financial and academic support of our students for years to come. While we are saddened by the loss of these friends, it is our privilege to honor their philanthropic spirit.

Kitty Franklin Cromwell ’75 Elizabeth and Robert McWethy Jeanne Cohen Savage
Kitty Franklin Cromwell ’75

Class of 1975 graduate Kitty Franklin Cromwell passed away in November 2016. A long-time supporter of her alma mater, she instructed that a portion of her estate go toward the Carolyn Manuszak Scholarship Fund in Memory of Dr. T.J. Manuszak, which provides tuition support to incoming freshmen and new transfer students with financial need. This bequest was made in memory of Carolyn Manuszak, former president of Villa Julie College. During her time as a student in the 1970s, Cromwell felt close to Manuszak and Rose Dawson, who provided dedicated leadership. She had special appreciation for Manuszak’s open-door policy that encouraged free communication with students. Cromwell became a world traveler with visits to Vietnam, China, and the British Isles. This global perspective shaped her philosophy of “working for world peace and the awareness of all life’s oneness.”
Elizabeth and Robert McWethy

Helping to create well rounded educators was the goal of Elizabeth “Liz” McWethy. As a faculty member, she developed the Preschool Education Department at Villa Julie College in the 1970s and prepared preschool teachers for the new Head Start Program. For many years, the university has recognized her spirit with an annual award to a graduating senior, the Elizabeth McWethy Award. In 2007, Mrs. McWethy and her husband, Captain Robert McWethy, established the Elizabeth and Robert McWethy Visiting Scholars Fund in Education at Stevenson University, funded through a charitable gift annuity that provided the McWethys with an income during their lifetime. In addition to being an education advocate, McWethy was a poet, artist, and environmental activist. She passed away in October 2014. Captain McWethy, a commissioned officer from the U.S. Naval Academy who enjoyed a lifetime career in the Navy, passed away in January 2018.
Jeanne Cohen Savage

Stevenson’s largest single gift from an individual came from someone with no connection to the university; she was simply looking for a deserving institution to receive a
substantial legacy. Jeanne Cohen Savage lived in Pikesville for many years before moving to Ocean City, Md. She flew her own plane, had an interest in art, and assisted with her husband’s business. When she began to investigate estate planning, an interest
in higher education led her to Stevenson. She was impressed with our career guidance and student support, which she had not received as a college student. In September 2017, Savage passed away, leaving half of her estate to Stevenson—more than $2 million. She directed this transformational gift to establish an endowed scholarship fund, to benefit many generations to come. We are proud to honor her through the Eugene and Jeanne Savage Endowed Scholarship Fund.

If you would like information about planned giving options, contact Meghan Culbertson, Assistant Vice President for Advancement, at or 443-334-2227.