In 1941, my father invited me to accompany him to visit Guilford College where he was to speak at a ministers' conference. We traveled by train from Baltimore. We were accommodated overnight in Archdale Hall, which was then a men's dormitory on campus. Apparently the students were off campus during a spring break. I was excited by the "freedom-from-convention" motif used by many of the students in decorating their rooms. I got the feeling that this would be a fun place to be!
During the next three years, I discovered that Guilford offered many fun, as well as serious, opportunities to learn and live. I learned that my professors were not only knowledgeable in their courses, but also interested in me as a person. Those years at Guilford were priceless to me as I was encouraged to grow toward maturity.
Thirty-three years later, in 1974, President Grimsley Hobbs invited me to join the college's development staff and launch a planned giving program. I approached my work as Guilford's planned giving officer with genuine enthusiasm because of my rich experiences as a student and observations of the gratifying development taking place in the lives of many of my fellow students.
Being a Quakerand wrestling with my conscience on whether to join the military or be a conscientious objector during World War III was especially thankful for the Quaker values of integrity, equality, simplicity and peace-making that undergirded much of Guilford's learning atmosphere.
With these feelings of gratitude, I had no hesitation to ask alumni, community leaders, educators and other friends of higher education to think seriously about making a significant gift to the college. I was often amazed and humbled by the unexpected generosity of donors who had vivid memories of dedicated professors and beloved classmates, and who saw their communities flourish under the selfless leadership of well-educated men and women.
It was a joy to describe the attractive options of planned gifts that added the "icing" of tax-savings and income benefits to the donor, along with the benefits of his/her gift to Guilford's faculty, staff and future students.
David O. Stanfield '44
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