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Paul E. Hirtle, E'56, MBA'61, will help graduates in his former field of study by leaving the majority of his estate to benefit Northeastern.

Engineering Alumnus Creates Future Gift Through Will

As an engineering student in the 1950's at Northeastern, Paul E. Hirtle, E'56, MBA'61I, commuted daily from Quincy to campus and to co-op.

"Investing in a Northeastern education as a student was one of the most rewarding decision of my life. Through this bequest, I am able to further invest in the future of the university and its students. That, to me, is even more rewarding."

Despite a demanding course load, long hours, and little sleep, Hirtle looks back fondly on this challenging time in his life. His education has led to much professional success. And his co-op brought about his most important personal success: Paul met his late wife, Joanne, during his professional practice at Mason Nielan.

Now retired, Hirtle wants to help future graduates in his former field of study while supporting Northeastern in its quest to provide advanced research and equipment for College of Engineering students and faculty.

To reach this goal, Hirtle recently notified Northeastern of his plan to grant a generous gift to the university in his will; he has decided to ultimately leave the majority of his estate to benefit his alma mater.

His bequest will establish two endowments: the Paul E. and Joanne Hirtle Endowed Scholarship Fund and the Endowed Research/Equipment Fund, which will support mechanical engineering students, research, and equipment.

"Investing in a Northeastern education as a student was one of the most rewarding decision of my life," Hirtle says. "Through this bequest, I am able to further invest in the future of the university and its students. That, to me, is even more rewarding."

"Bequests allow alumni to make a larger gift in the future than they might be able to do today," says Harvey "Chet" Krentzman, E'48, H'91, chair of the National Planned Giving Committee. "Planned gifts like Paul's help provide the long term health of the university while building endowment for scholarships, professorships, and a myriad of special programs."

Hirtle is one of 450 members of the Frank Palmer Spear Society, which recognizes alumni and friends who have provided for the future of Northeastern through a planned gift, such as a bequest, gift annuity, or charitable trust. The university organizes various educational seminars, social events, and activities for the society's members throughout the year.

 

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  This article appeared in the January 2003 issue of the Northeastern Magazine.          

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