Williamson President's Report 2021 Edition - Page 7

WANAMAKER SPOTLIGHTS

JEFFREY C . BAKER 7W0

During his 50th reunion year , Jeff Baker 7W0 began to think of how he could give back to Williamson in the most meaningful way . It ’ s been a longstanding tradition that alumni celebrate this milestone by contributing towards a class gift . Inspired by the fundraising in honor of his reunion , Jeff was also interested in how he could leave a lasting legacy at his alma mater . “ Joining the Wanamaker Society was a fairly easy task in terms of the time and effort needed to make the commitment , but I know its impact will one day give back a part of the debt I feel that I owe to Williamson for everything that it has provided me . Plain and simple , without Williamson I would not have had the career and success that I have enjoyed . Furthermore , my gift will ensure that my relationship with Williamson will come full circle ; a young man who learned how to build the foundation of his family home will be able to strengthen the foundation of the best trade school in the country .”

JAMES “ JIM ” E . NEVELS

Jim Nevels and his wife Lourene have long supported Williamson and its mission through their philanthropic leadership . Their commitment to the college through a planned gift has been a way to pay special tribute to their parents and their legacy as tradespeople . Lourene ’ s parents , Harold and Idamae Dellinger , worked as a carpenter and community volunteer . Jim ’ s parents , William and Eloise Nevels , worked as a welder and nurse ’ s aid . Had it not been for their trades , their parents would not have otherwise been able to support their families . The Nevels see many similarities in what their parents gained through a life in the trades and what a Williamson education provides its students . “ Lourene and I understand the Wanamaker Society ’ s higher purpose . It ’ s the gift that keeps on giving ,” Jim said . “ It will help future young men that we may never know by allowing them to learn trades as our parents did so that they may be in a position to support a family and become pillars of society through their works , deeds , and service to their communities .”