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Henry J. Lopez '53: "The Years Have Been Good to Us"

Henry Lopez

"We established this scholarship through a charitable gift annuity that pays us income for the rest of our lives," --Henry J. Lopez '53

Henry J. Lopez places great value on the first-class education that he personally received at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as well as the quality education that's been provided to succeeding generations of Rensselaer students. He is not the only member of his family to feel this way.
Lopez earned a BS in aeronautical engineering in 1953, followed two years later by his master's. He went on to a successful career at Allied Signal.

"Rensselaer is a first-class school," says Lopez, now retired in California. "My education was good enough to give me a very good career—good enough to give me the ability to progress in my field and move into management."

The relationship between this success and the education behind it was not lost on Lopez's nephew, Eric, who was also very education-oriented and who also wanted to be an engineer. Unfortunately, a genetic disease prevented Eric from attending college, and kept him from reaching his 21st birthday.

To honor their nephew, Lopez and his wife, Nancy, set up a scholarship at Rensselaer in his memory. That was in the 1990s. Now, they're also making a gift through their will to establish a second endowed scholarship at Rensselaer: the Nancy and Henry Lopez '53 Scholarship.

The second scholarship will be funded by two charitable gift annuities, which in addition to helping Rensselaer and its students, has provided Lopez and his wife with definite advantages. These include multiple tax benefits and regular payments for life.

"The years have been good to us, in part because of the years I spent at Rensselaer," Lopez says. "I have confidence that the education and the atmosphere that was at Rensselaer when I was there is still there today.

"I would like to perpetuate my experience for other students. Rensselaer is a school worth funding."

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