A Legacy That Lives On Through a Family Tradition of Giving
For the Saxman family, Ball State University has become a common link and a family tradition. Ray and Carolyn originally met on the Muncie campus, and their three sons, Brad, Scott, and Ron, have also graduated from the university.
This family legacy is why Ray and Carolyn felt it made sense to set up a charitable gift annuity with the Ball State University Foundation. The gift from the Plainfield, Ind., couple will support Ball State's Honors College. The funds are unrestricted and can be used at the discretion of the acting dean. "We figure that the Honors College will know how to spend it much better than we would," Ray says.
The couple's contribution will help future students enjoy the same great Ball State experiences that they were able to enjoy. Ray, chairman of the science department at Plainfield High School, graduated from Ball State with a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1958, a master's degree in general science in 1963, and a doctorate in educational administration in 1971. Carolyn, a retired teacher, earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1957 and a master's degree in special education in 1962 from Ball State.
"We never imagined that a couple of schoolteachers would be in the position to make a gift like this," Ray says. "We are very fortunate to be able to help our alma mater, which has been so important to our entire family. We have enjoyed great careers, and Ball State played an important role in that."
The Saxman's oldest son, Scott (BS '81), is an oncologist and director of clinical studies with Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis. Their middle son, Ron (BS '83), is a computer systems analyst for Cinergy in Plainfield, Ind., and Brad (BS '84), the youngest, is a mechanical engineer for General Motors in Brighton, Mich.
Carrying on the tradition of giving, the three siblings have also made contributions to Ball State. We thank the Saxman family and the many alumni, friends, organizations, and corporations whose gifts reflect commitment and loyalty to Ball State and its future.