Tom Carbonar '60
Five years after graduation, Tom Carbonar ’60 proudly wrote a $100 check to Marietta College’s 1965 Forward Fund.
“I don’t remember if it was my first gift, but the College has always held a special place in my heart,” he says.
In 2009, Tom wanted to make an even bigger impact on his alma mater. That’s when he provided Marietta College with a $500,000 bequest. With this documented estate gift, Carbonar became a member of The Legacy Society, whose membership is made up of a very special group of donors who have included the College in their estate or life income plans. Legacy Society members help preserve the quality, distinctiveness, history and tradition of a Marietta College liberal arts education, making it available for future generations of students.
Carbonar, who retired from the securities firm Kidder, Peabody & Co. in 1989, says he remembers a number of gifted students in his day who struggled to meet the financial burden of tuition, and many had to drop out of college.
“I have always felt there were a lot of students who either wanted to go to Marietta College or were at Marietta, and because of the difficult economic times, finding the money to pay for tuition could be a real challenge,” Carbonar says. “So I always said if I was in a position to help those good students complete their education then that’s what I wanted to do.”
Carbonar’s affinity for Marietta College evolved through interactions with faculty members such as Dr. Jack Prince and his involvement in countless student activities, including Alpha Sigma Phi, Baseball and serving as Junior Class President. He remained involved with the College as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1992-97. Working with his good friend Don Schaly, Tom was a volunteer baseball coach for the Pioneers in the spring of 1990 following his retirement.
“I chose Marietta because I liked the feel of it. When my family visited they loved the city and the College,” he says. “But it was the close relationships with your classmates and the professors that made it such a special place. The professors always went above and beyond for the students.”
Carbonar added, “I still have a lot of close friends from my time at Marietta College. If they are in any position to include Marietta College in their wills I encourage all of my friends to do it as a way to give back to such a wonderful place.”
Angela Anderson, Vice President for Advancement, says she enjoys hearing stories like Tom’s as she travels with President Joseph Bruno around the country meeting alumni and friends of Marietta College.
“We have a strong group of Marietta alumni and friends who have consistently answered the call to support the College,” Anderson says. “Now we are starting to see more and more people who want to make a planned gift to the College, which is a critical way we can prop up our endowment and also ensure the long-term viability of Marietta College.”