A Gift of Remembrance

Seven decades ago, Lester Bower, Jr. C’49 spent four “very happy” years as an undergrad In the forest. When it came time to plan his estate, he remembered Drew.

When Bower enrolled in Drew in summer 1945, he unpacked his belongings inside the only dormitory on the campus at the time. For the next four years, Asbury Hall would be Bower’s home. “It was a wonderful period of my life,” Bower recalls.

After graduation he worked for many years in merchandise display, primarily at the Lord & Taylor store on Fifth Avenue. Later he became a librarian at Borough of Manhattan Community College.

When he planned his estate, Bower honored his alma mater by creating the Bauer and Hahn Family Scholarship. The fund will provide at least $1 million to support undergraduates who have shown exceptional service to the LGBTQ community at Drew and made a commitment to serving the community beyond The Forest.

“I have fond recollections of my time at Drew,” Bower says. “And I want to help make it possible for other people in the future.”

For more information on planned gifts, contact David Terdiman C’89 at 973.408.3899 or dterdiman@drew.edu.

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