Memorial gifts are a beautiful way to honor loved ones — and their connection to St. Kate's.
The signs and symbols of alumnae's deep commitment to St. Catherine University — in the form of physical memorials and tribute gifts — are everywhere on campus. Benches, statues, trees and gardens beautify, infuse history, and create areas for rest and reflection. State-of-the-art equipment enhances student learning. Welcoming indoor spaces foster academic collaboration and community.
These symbols represent solidarity of alumnae and friends in support of the University's mission and gratitude to the place that has empowered generations of students to lead and influence.
Behind each gift is a story that is both unique and universal. Here are just a few:
A lovely place to be together
"A man of great integrity, spark, heart and humor," reads the inscription on the bench in memory of Marjorie Mathison Hance's late husband, Tom. St. Catherine's Vice President for External Relations, Mathison Hance '70 donated the stone bench facing the Dew Drop pond shortly after her husband's death in April 2007.
It was a fitting way to memorialize her husband, a longtime St. Catherine supporter. It was also an opportunity for Mathison Hance to give something beautiful to her alma mater — "this place that means so much to me and has been a part of my life since I was 17," she says.
While she was deeply touched by the bench's location (the couple married in Our Lady of Victory Chapel in 1981), Mathison Hance did not anticipate the memorial's enduring impact.
"It has been a surprise how much this bench touches my heart," says Mathison Hance, who sometimes starts or ends her day with a moment of reflection there. "It gives our family a lovely and uplifting place to be together, thinking about him — to be with his spirit."
A life devoted to nursing