Reflecting on a Life of Opportunities that Started at Union
For Shirley Burton, Union was the obvious choice to remember through an estate gift. An alumna of the class of 1949, she was a second-generation graduate. "My whole experience at Union College was a happy one," Shirley says.
Not only was her experience at Union enjoyable, it also prepared her greatly for her future. While at Union, Shirley worked at the press and recalls being paid the same as men. "So much of what I learned at the press helped me in my career," she says. After graduation, Shirley taught at Union. Her teaching experience allowed her to get to know the students on a different level and factored into her decision to give back to Union College.
In 1963, Shirley moved to the Oregon conference to work in public relations and then to the Pacific Union Conference. Although she faced some discrimination as a woman, she never gave up, and, after 16 years of public relations experience, she became communications director at the General Conference.
Shirley has always felt a strong connection with Union College, so when it came time to write her will, she wanted to remember her dear alma mater. "We should give with joy while we are still living. If you don't give until you're gone, you can't know the joy of giving. Give while you're in your right mind," Shirley says.
Shirley hopes her estate gift will be able to help worthy communications students attend Union College.
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