Legacy Society honored
the second year, Legacy Society members were honored at the Golden
Circle Luncheon, which acknowledges alumni who were graduated 50 or
more years ago from Western. The Legacy Society was established to
recognize those individuals who have made a charitable provision for
WCSU in their estate plans. Those donors make a significant
contribution to benefit future generations at the university.
The university and Foundation recognize that
bequest intentions are a personal matter. However, we ask that
participants consider allowing us to acknowledge their support
during their lifetimes so we can share the news of their gift, which
may encourage others to come forward. We honor Society members by
giving them a special pin that signifies their thoughtful planning
for Western’s future. This year, the pinning ceremony at the
luncheon was attended by Society members President James Schmotter,
Lea Neylan, Gail Hill Williams ’87 and Mary and Rudy Behrens, all of
whom were pinned at last year’s ceremony.
Also pinned were Martinho and Valeria Leardini,
close friends of the late Joseph Kilcran ’58. Kilcran
grew up in Danbury and Bethel and
graduated from Danbury Teacher’s College (now known as Western
Connecticut State University). He earned a Master of Art from
Bridgeport University. He then taught at South Street Elementary
School in Danbury, in Ridgefield and in Katonah, New York.
After he retired from teaching in 1994, he volunteered for the
Danbury High School after-school tutoring program.
An avid tennis player who also enjoyed racquetball, Kilcran was a
champion baton twirler who performed with the Grassy Plain Drum
Corps for many years. In 1951, he won at least seven first-place
medals in junior championships. By 1962, he had won 64 medals, 12
trophies and the title of State Champion.
Mr. Kilcran passed away in April of 2011. He remembered Western in
his will and established a scholarship fund, the Joseph Kilcran
Memorial Endowed Scholarship.
For questions concerning bequests and planned giving, please
contact Jane von Trapp, director of development, at 203-837-8419 or