“For both of us, education is our highest priority,” Jennylee ’59 home economics education says, describing the $7,000 gift of stock that she and her husband, Greg ’58 engineering, gave to the Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families. “I have done some volunteer work with at-risk youth, seen what good programs can do, and wanted to be part of the solution. We have donated to a number of organizations, but with what’s happening in the country, we decided to consolidate and give with a focus on education. So we each gave a more substantial gift to our colleges at OSU.”
Throughout her career, Jennylee has worked with a food commodities program, with a domestic violence prevention group in the Methodist church, and with at-risk youth programs and as a substitute teacher in San Diego and Louisiana. “I learned by doing, trying different things, and being patient,” she says. Jennylee and Greg enjoy hosting “Camp Grandma and Grandpa,” playing with their three grandchildren and finding teachable moments to pass on their wisdom about life.