"Can't you just call me an old guy from the class of '39?"
Yes, an old guy from the Davidson College class of 1939 is letting us tell his story, but only if we keep his name under wraps. So, we'll call him Chambers.
Chambers loves Davidson. It's a place his dad attended, he attended and his son attended. His wife's dad and uncles all attended. He calls it "a family place."
Calling Houston home, Chambers had a house in Halifax, Va., for many years. After his son moved away, he and his first wife, now deceased, no longer had a reason to have a home there.
"I served on the Davidson Board of Trustees for 12 or 13 years, and a fellow board member invited me to visit Montreat, N.C., one weekend. We loved it so much, we bought a house there the following Monday and used it as a summer place."
Years after Chambers' wife passed away, he married a lady who had a place in Montreat, as well, and they used his place as a guest house. They decided to give the home to Davidson in the late 1990s but retain life usership, meaning they could continue to have guests stay there and use it as they please until they pass away.
"Now that we're getting older and not coming to Montreat as often," Chambers said, "we decided to break that agreement and hand over the house entirely to Davidson last year."
Although this type of gift is not the typical practice often detailed in literature about planned giving, it is an excellent and tax-effective way to support Davidson.
In addition to service on the Board of Trustees for many years, Chambers has volunteered for many of his class reunions as well as for previous college-wide fundraising campaigns. He also served as a member of the search committee that brought President emeritus, John W. Kuykendall '59, back to Davidson.
Chambers is a very real part of Davidson—its history, its present and its future—even if we can't share his real name.