Office of Gift Planning — Wills, Trusts, & Estates

Donor Stories

We Work Together

Ken Muhlendorf (Col ’69, Med ’74) still appreciates the way UVA helped him and his wife, Diane, when they were a young couple on the Grounds. “The University looks out for its students,” he said.




durkac-head-shot-300328We Touch Lives

Brandi Durkac (Col ’00) grew up hearing her parents’ stories about the joys and adventures of college life—and about the importance of education and generosity.

“Giving is now a habit,” she said. And for Durkac, giving and family go together. Read More >>




Honoring His Father’s Memory

As a child, Buddy Voshell (Col ’00) lived with his mother and father in Varsity Hall on Grounds, half a block from UVA Hospital. This made it easy for his father to walk to work. “I can still see him now, walking down the street to the hospital,” he said.

He was a caring and generous man, the type of person who was dedicated to helping others.  Read More >>


patricia-volzAn Alum Looks Back on a Life of Adventure

She’s swum with sharks in Tahiti, spent years working for the CIA, and taken a high-stakes phone call from the president in the White House Situation Room.

“I had a fabulous career, a hell of a time, and I traveled the world,” Patricia Volz (Col ’74) said.  Read more >>



CasscellsA Secure Future—With a Heart

The Casscells family has an extraordinary connection to the University of Virginia. Within three generations, they can count nine UVA graduates and one current student. But the family connection extends far beyond that. Read More >>




Mary McDanielKnowledge. Ethics. Relationships.

These three words describe the role UVA played and continues to play in Mary McDaniel’s life.

“When you’re here as a student—or as an alum—you meet some really interesting people,” said McDaniel (McIntire ‘80). Returning for her 35-year reunion last June, she enjoyed reconnecting with classmates and roommates.  Read More >>