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Why I Joined the 1746 Society

Al Haggerty '58; Jonathan Kawaja '94 and Emma Morton-Bours '94; and Elaine Chan '73

Al Haggerty ’58; Jonathan Kawaja ’94 and Emma Morton-Bours ’94; and Elaine Chan ’73

From across the generations, these alumni share a commonality: they have fortified their commitment to the University by adding a gift to Princeton in their estate plans.


“I am trying to help Princeton maintain its high quality of education.” 

Allen Haggerty ’58, who made an Annual Giving Legacy gift 


“I felt incredibly fortunate to attend Princeton, for the education I received, the friends I made, and the experiences I had. I want to contribute in a variety of ways; the 1746 Society is one important and direct aspect in how we can give back to Princeton.”

Jonathan Kawaja ’94

“In many ways, college is a time of transition from childhood to adulthood, and my community at Princeton supported me during this time. When I think back, so many of my later life decisions were guided by lessons learned at Princeton. It just makes sense to give back and help in ways we can.”

Emma Morton-Bours ’94 


“Education is very important in my family heritage. After receiving an unexpected inheritance from my mother, I wanted to honor my parents and my Chinese values by providing seed money for an Asian American studies program at Princeton. Parents of many Asian Americans were silent about their difficulties entering and assimilating into this country. We American-born children, and those of other heritages, can benefit from preserving history and learning about the challenges our parents faced. It’s also important in the global economy for leaders to be aware of other cultures. This was my inspiration to join the 1746 Society.”

Elaine Chan ’73 

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This entry was posted on March 4, 2019 in SPRING 2019.


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