Holy Names University of Oakland, California, received its final contribution in a $1 million gift targeting students who are interested in pursuing careers in science/medicine and journalism.
In the fall of 2008 the university learned that Mr. Bob Summers, a former regent of the university, had bequeathed a gift but the specifics were not known. During his reign on the Board, he introduced many business leaders to Holy Names and initiated an annual Business Symposium which brought business and civic leaders together on HNU’s campus for a day, to dream and plan together for a better Oakland and East Bay.
Former Holy Names University President Sr. Irene Woodward reflected on the time Mr. Summers served as a regent to HNU, “… the gift from Chevron to us, one that endured to this day, was the assigning of Bob Summers, their manager of public affairs for the East Bay, to head up their relationship to Holy Names. Through his position, he was able to get many gifts for HNU from Chevron through the years, but the greatest gift was Bob himself.”
“Bob did one final thing in the same way he had done everything – quietly, modestly, without bringing attention to himself, but with deep loyalty and devotion. I might say that he fulfilled every university president’s dream: to learn one day that someone has left the institution a very significant amount of money for student scholarships. We had no idea that he included us in his will, much less such a very large gift.”
The Robert W. Summers and Beverly Summers Endowed Scholarship, in memory of Bob and his sister, Beverly, will be awarded to deserving students beginning in Fall 2010.