Cleve Baker '53
Remarks from Cleve on the occasion of his 60th reunion in 2013: It has been over 60 years since I departed the Webb campus to eventually find my way into the medical profession. I am sure most will agree that although one leaves the school, attitudes and teachings acquired at the school never leave the graduate. And I am also sure that most can acknowledge the impact of the Webb years on the course of their lives. Needless to say, I am probably not alone in wanting to give something back – something to help make available the same opportunities to oncoming generations. Unfortunately, one is not often able to carry this out while raising a family, paying off the mortgage and saving for retirement.
Twenty years ago, I found an opportunity and a means of doing this – through a Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT). The CRT allows one to place in trust assets which will go to designated charities after the death of the donor and the donor’s spouse, yet allows the donors to manage and live off the trust income during their lifetimes. The “necessity” I faced was an approximate 50% capital gains confiscation of an asset essential to my retirement. Dr. Webb used to stress the virtues of wisdom, prudence, and frugality. Strange that Uncle Sam should treat these virtues exercised in retirement-saving with a confiscatory tax – but then again, I also remember Dr. Webb on many occasions loudly proclaiming that “the power to tax is the power to destroy.” Right on!
At any rate, I am pleased, in my current ante-mortem state, to entrust to a CRT funds that, in my post-mortem state, will benefit the school. In the meantime, they will support me in retirement. As expected, these assets don’t pass on to one’s offspring, and there are strict accounting requirements for the IRS, who otherwise would get their hand on (“their”) funds. The Webb Development Office can help potential donors and their attorneys navigate the legalities.
In closing, to the school and the faculty (many now departed) that molded me, I am pleased to return a fraction of what I received.
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