Office of Gift Planning — Wills, Trusts, & Estates

Donor Stories

We Cultivate Scholars

“I wanted to do something worthwhile, and do it while I am still around to enjoy it.” To memorialize his father, who holds a special place in UVA’s history, Flory established an endowment that combines a current five-year pledge with estate plans that will support the scholarly pursuits of the arboretum curator, who will be known as the Walter S. Flory Jr. Professor of Environmental Sciences.



We Build Great Beginnings

We wanted to take the burden of tuition costs off students’ minds so they can stay focused on their education,” says Lambert. The couple created the Lambert-Woods Architects Traveling Scholarships, which helps architecture students with expenses related to their studies abroad.



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-300328 We 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 ’52) 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-volz An 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 >>