Dream Home Turns Into Gift of a Lifetime
"When asked one time to what did I attribute my success in the corporate world and elsewhere, my answer was 'Good luck and a good education,'" says Thomas McClintock '47. Now ready to pass on the same opportunities, Tom and his wife, Judy, have made a significant gift to fund scholarships for generations to come.
Tom first came to Rensselaer as an aviation cadet with the Navy during World War II. Later, he returned to obtain his master's degree in chemical engineering and went on to a successful 40-year career with Merk & Co. While his career shifted from engineering to general management, his education always influenced him. He explains, "The general application of the scientific method and the logic of engineering helped me a lot in making major business decisions."
As Tom's success grew through the years, he and Judy were able to invest in a property he had obtained while pursuing his master's degree. At perhaps the highest residential site in the Adirondacks, Tom and his fraternity brothers had built a small hunting shack. Eventually, the McClintocks built a beautiful home with every amenity available, in addition to a nearby guesthouse, on the 11 acres.
Since that time, Tom and Judy have retired to Evergreen, Colo., to be closer to their children. Recently, they decided it was time to let go of their beautiful second home.
"With the enthusiastic support of my wife and family we decided to donate this property to help finance a scholarship at Rensselaer," Tom explains. The McClintocks transferred ownership of the property to the Institute and plan to make additional gifts to the fund. The trust will pay income to Tom and Judy for the rest of their lives, and then the remainder will be used to endow a permanent scholarship fund. "Hopefully, this gift will help bright young people from high school to take up an engineering education, as well as support ones who stay on for advanced studies," Tom says.