A Vision for the Future Bequest
Paul Jackson '49 and Leland Jackson, Friend of Lawrence
In choosing Lawrence, for me the presence of a Conservatory of Music in a liberal arts environment was critical—the best of both worlds, as it turned out. I had great teachers in both areas, faculty members who took a personal interest in their students. They grasped any opportunity to open up new and wider horizons for you, not just in your major discipline but in you as an individual—in short, to bring you along to become the person you could be.
I remember one summer when my piano professor, James Ming, called me back to campus to give me extra lessons. But that wasn't all he did; as I was leaving he handed me a copy of War and Peace—for summer reading! At the same time, Professor Maesch was concerned about my lean frame (clearly a euphemism) and suggested I could add some bulk by taking up rowing in my upper Michigan lakes. I was busy with a job that summer and knew I had to make a choice. War and Peace won out.
I have been grateful for the many ways in which Lawrence influenced me during those formative years. In addition to pursuing a piano major, I developed an interest in the visual arts while at Lawrence. When my wife, Lee, and I revised our wills, we decided to bequeath our collection of master drawings from the 16th to 19th centuries to the college. We also decided to leave a legacy at Lawrence that includes an endowment to support the Conservatory and the art collection.
The intellectual and aesthetic stimulation that I experienced at Lawrence has sustained me over the years and it is our hope that the drawing collection (not only in public exhibitions but, more importantly, in the classroom) and the Conservatory endowment will play a similar role for future generations of Lawrence students.
By the way, I have never regretted reading War and Peace.
Paul passed away fall 2017
Shelby Harder, 2018
Dr. Irving Auld and Dorothy
Roher Auld Scholarship
"Many students take for granted what a university has to offer. However, I am thankful every single day for the opportunity to attend this prestigious school. At Lawrence, you have the ability to engage in Socratic debates about the world we live in at dinner, play recreational or NCAA sports, and talk one on one with brilliant professors. At Lawrence, you don't just 'learn' a subject, you are immersed in it. You dive into the liberal arts and these professors show you the beauty in it all, and how everything is tied together. I am a Biochemistry major with a soft spot for rocket science, philosophy, and evolution. Lawrence is my dream school, and it would have never been possible without the Dr. Irving Auld and Dorothy Roher Auld Scholarship. I am forever grateful for their generosity."