Heritage Society

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The Heritage Society is a recognition society that celebrates the select group of donors who have made planned gifts to Geneva. Who are Geneva′s planned givers? Planned givers are people just like you- people who love Geneva and are committed to assuring Geneva′s future by including the college in their estate and/ or financial plans.

Joseph Lamont Jr. 1926-2012

As a geotechnical engineer, Joe specialized in laying the groundwork for structures like Seattle′s Space Needle. With that unique perspective, he thoroughly understood the importance of establishing a stable base to create a higher purpose. And Joe firmly believed that a Geneva education, with its essential integration of faith and knowledge, provides students that same solid foundation.

Although Joe didn′t attend Geneva, he maintained a longstanding relationship with the college as a 26-year-member of the Board of Trustees, acting as Chairman for over a decade. "Many people thought he had gone to Geneva because he was on the Board for so many years and was always showing up back there," says his wife of 61 years, Beth (Robb ′50). For his service, Geneva bestowed Joe with an Honorary Doctor of Laws.

Beth had introduced Joe to Geneva when he traveled all the way from Seattle by train to visit her during Christmas break. Joe immediately appreciated the firm principles on which the institution was founded.

A church elder for over 51 years, Joe once delivered a sermon outlining the important elements of a sound foundation. "Our God has all these characteristics in abundance," he said. "He is strong. He is completely stable. He is consistent, and He will not be moved."

Because Geneva′s mission is built on the Rock that is our Lord, the Lamonts were pleased to see both of their children, and all three grandchildren, attend here. Joe and Beth also desired to provide this foundation for others. That is why they included Geneva in their estate plans.

To find out how you can help students build their futures on the foundation of a Christ-centered Geneva education, please contact the Office of Planned Giving at or call 724.847.6614.

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  • Become a Heritage Society Member

Members of the Heritage Society name Geneva in their wills. They designate future life insurance proceeds by naming Geneva as the beneficiary. They fund charitable gift annuities or make gifts of appreciated stock or real estate. They give to Geneva through retirement funds. Sometimes, they even use trust instruments as a means of transferring assets to the college.

Planned gifts require initiative, but not necessarily extensive wealth. Planned gifts often come with extra incentives-like tax savings! Planned gifts ALWAYS bless Geneva.

When you notify Geneva College of your planned gifts you allow us to welcome you as a member of the Heritage Society. To learn how to become a member of the Heritage Society, click here. Heritage members will be acknowledged in donor listings unless anonymity is requested. We hope your generosity will inspire others to consider a planned gift.

Thank you for your commitment to Geneva College and to the ongoing success of our students.

For assistance or additional information, please contact Geneva′s Planned Giving Officer
at or 724-847-6614.