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					Building Bridges to Independence

2008–09 Annual Report


Western Pennsylvania School
for Bli nd Chi ld r en
Dear Friends,
It is my honor to present you the 2008-09 Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children
Annual Report, “Building Bridges to Independence.” This year’s theme reflects our
organization’s commitment to helping students with visual impairment throughout
western Pennsylvania overcome the obstacles their disability presents and reach their full
potential.

The Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children is distinctive in that amongst all the
schools for the blind throughout our nation, our School enrolls only children who are not
only blind but also further disabled by other very complex disabilities. Our student
population is both very diverse and very vulnerable. The medically fragile nature of many
of our students’ health status creates an educational environment that is not only infused
with highly effective educational services for children with visual impairments, but
exceptional therapeutic and nursing services as well.

As always, the remarkable progress and accomplishments of our students provided the
most important highlights of the year, but the 2008-09 school year was exceptional in
many other ways. This past year saw the expansion of our Outreach Programs with a focus
on providing vital services and training to students with visual impairments currently
enrolled in public schools throughout Pennsylvania. We are honored and excited to be
partnering with local school districts so we can help meet the unique needs of these
students in their own communities.

In short, the name of our School does not intuitively reflect the students we are honored to
serve or the programs and services they need; but having witnessed the vigor and resolve
with which our students attack each day despite their physical vulnerabilities, as the
Executive Director of the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, I am hard-
pressed to offer any school name that could adequately capture the essence of this unique
organization. I simply remain profoundly committed to furthering it, in hopes that you will
also.

Thank you so much for your interest and support of our School. Without it, we couldn’t
meet the individual needs, interests and abilities of a group of very special boys and girls.

Sincerely,
Todd S. Reeves
Executive Director and Superintendent
Pittsburgh has often been referred to as the “City of Bridges.” As you travel through the
area, these magnificent structures are everywhere you turn. Built to overcome
geographical obstacles, the bridges unify and strengthen the area by linking together its
people and regions.

The Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, located in the north Oakland section
of the city, has been busy this past school year building its own kinds of bridges. Bridges to
reach out and collaborate to provide the highest quality services and education to students
with visual impairment throughout western Pennsylvania.

This year’s annual report theme, “Building Bridges to Independence,” represents our
School community’s collective work focused on helping children and young adults with
visual impairment overcome the obstacles that their disabilities present. The bridges we
build will not only create pathways to learning, but also open doors to more enriched and
meaningful lives for all of our special youngsters.
With a new five-year strategic plan and mission statement in place, the School’s staff has
begun implementing tactics that will broaden our reach further into Pennsylvanian
communities and strengthen our legacy of providing exceptional services to children with
visual impairments.

Our Mission
The Mission of the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children is to be a leading
institution for providing quality special education services that foster maximum
independence for children and young adults with visual impairment and multiple
disabilities.
Furthermore, the School’s Outreach efforts are designed to assist all western Pennsylvania
youth with visual impairments to reach their full potential by delivering programs and
services to them and their families.
Approved by the Board of Trustees, January 22, 2009
Our School Enrolls 180 students annually, aged 3 – 21, from more than 200 school districts
in 33 counties within the western portion of Pennsylvania.


We Provide
      Vital early intervention evaluation and consultation services through the TODDLER
       Program for families with infants and toddlers who are, or suspected of being,
       legally blind.
      Specialized instruction and support services such as occupational, physical and
       communication therapy, as well as orientation and mobility training and intensive
       nursing care.
      Adapted physical education and aquatic physical therapy instruction that
       incorporates modified gross motor activities tailored to student abilities and
       educational objectives.
      Comprehensive dietary services supervised by a staff nutritionist featuring in-house
       food preparation and detailed mealtime plans for each student.
      Diverse array of socialization activities offered to encourage interaction and
       enjoyment of community including the popular “Creative Arts Series” which exposes
       students to a wide range of entertainers representing the fine, applied and
       performing arts.

      Locally and nationally recognized experts consult with the School in a variety of
       fields such as physiatry, psychiatry, psychology and optometry.
      Residential facilities and after-school programming to supplement and enhance the
       acquisition of skills taught throughout the instructional day.
      Outreach services to provide critical information, consultation and direct services to
       visually impaired students, school districts, intermediate units and families
       throughout western Pennsylvania.

All programs and services are available without charge to the parents of students. The
School receives an annual appropriation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with
additional funding from foundation and corporation grants, individual contributions, the
income from invested funds and similar resources.




Instructional and Therapeutic Program
   “Education is all a matter of building bridges.”
   — Ralph Ellison
       The students at the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children enjoy an
educational journey unlike any other. Here, children and young adults with complex
challenges find an environment that is suited specifically for their needs. Every educational
program is individualized to the student and the appropriate therapies are in place to help
the youngster gain independence.
        This past school year saw innovative enhancements to our instructional program
intended to further aid our boys and girls on their quest for
self-sufficiency and confidence. Our on-campus vocational opportunities were expanded to
include new ventures such as a paper-shredding enterprise, horticulture activities and
other job assignments that help with the day-to-day functioning of the School.
       Providing a home-away-from-home for nearly one-third of our students, the
School’s Residential Program was re-designed to further reinforce skills taught throughout
the instructional day. Those children who live too far away from campus or have medically
related conditions that make it difficult to commute daily to school qualify to stay from
Sunday evenings through Friday afternoons. The program is structured to offer our boys
and girls enjoyable recreation and leisure opportunities while focusing on each students’
educational goals, interests and abilities.
        The arts get star billing on campus, from the extensive series of performances
known as the Creative Arts Series to the rich art and music curriculum. And throughout the
year, the students celebrated the Pittsburgh region by cheering on both the Steelers and
Penguins to national championships, proudly displaying their black and gold spirit.
A diverse array of extracurricular activities that compliment our educational programming
while promoting interaction and the enjoyment of community are available for students. In
addition to the traditional events, such as the Beeper Easter Egg Hunt and the annual
holiday productions, students attended off-campus sports and cultural events and explored
their community.
        Generous support from individuals, service clubs and foundations afforded us the
opportunity to purchase new technology and adaptive equipment that literally opened new
doors of learning and communication for our students. The School is also aligning its
physical environment to reflect the needs of children with visual impairments, and
specifically those with Cortical Visual Impairment. In addition, a comprehensive Safety and
Security Audit was completed in the fall to assure that our state’s most vulnerable students
are safeguarded while
in our care.




Outreach
        For more than 25 years, the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children has
provided vital early intervention services to Pennsylvania families of infants and toddlers
who are legally blind or have suspected blindness. At the TODDLER Program, a highly
qualified team comprised of a vision specialist, occupational therapist, physical therapist
and speech therapist conduct thorough, free-of-charge evaluations for children from birth
to age three and then suggest appropriate activities to promote development.
       With the TODDLER team’s recommendations and advice, parents yield a strategy
and road map for enhancing their child’s opportunities to grow and learn. This past year,
more than fourteen functional vision evaluations were conducted and twenty-nine
comprehensive developmental assessments were provided to children. Parents are also
given access to a resource room of toys, games and educational information and to the
annual parent workshop.
       With the ultimate aim of increasing services to Pennsylvania school-aged youth who
are visually impaired, with or without other severe disabilities, the School for Blind
Children expanded its Outreach Programs during the 2008-09 school term. Although not
originally slated for implementation until the 2009-10 school term, the School felt
compelled to accelerate its Outreach initiatives due to the interest and feedback we
received. The School is now proud to partner and collaborate with local school districts and
intermediate units to further supplement the educational programs for students currently
enrolled in public schools.
       During the Outreach Program’s pilot year, more than thirty-eight school-aged
children from throughout western Pennsylvania benefited from the School’s more than 120
years experience educating students with visual impairments. Boys and girls learned how
to better travel in their environment and access information by utilizing adaptive
equipment, while parents and educators were given resources to make a lasting difference
in the lives of their students.
       Given that our state funding mechanisms are dedicated solely to benefit our
enrolled students, and even then are insufficient to fully satisfy the cost of education, our
Outreach services will depend in large measure on the School’s private resources.
Regardless, the School’s Strategic Plan reflects an unwavering commitment to positively
impacting the lives of all children with visual impairments in western Pennsylvania, be it
through services to enrolled students or Outreach services to children served by our
partners in the public schools.


Outreach services for school-aged students
• Consultative support for planning appropriate programming
• Functional vision evaluation
• Braille instruction
• IEP recommendations
• Orientation and Mobility evaluations and services
• Independent living skills instruction
• Program and staff development seminars
• Multi-disciplinary evaluation
• Learning media assessment
• Direct service



Parent and Family Relations
        From the its founding in 1887, the cornerstone of the Western Pennsylvania School
for Blind Children’s work has been helping students with visual impairment.
       Recognizing the vital component parents and families have in the educational
process, the School strives to provide them with the support, respite and information to not
only improve their child’s quality of life, but also to best prepare them for life beyond our
School campus. From the child’s first day of school until graduation, parents and relatives
have many occasions to exchange ideas with teachers and administrators.
       “The School offers a lot of opportunities to be involved and you are always made to
feel welcome,” said Lisa Richardson, president of the School’s Parent-Teacher Organization.
She also was pleased to report that the 2008-09 school year saw the most parental
involvement in the Parent-Teacher Organization in nearly a decade.
       In order to meet the complete needs of students and their families, in the fall of
2008 the School for Blind Children conducted a nation-wide survey of schools for the blind
and other like-organizations to compile a consolidated list of services to parents and
families that exist for possible replication. In addition, local parents and educational
organizations participated in a needs assessment so we could identify what types of
services they could most benefit from. With this data, plans have been developed to offer
both enrolled and non-enrolled students with visual impairment additional programs and
opportunities for training and education.
        Perhaps the biggest news of the year was the steady increase in enrollment
throughout the term that necessitated the opening of an additional classroom in February.
Following
the graduation of ten students at end of the 2007-08, one of the biggest departing senior
classes in recent history, the School began 2008-09 with 170 students. By June 1, 2009, the
total number of students was 185, which was a 9% increase in enrollment. This increase is
in direct contrast to the declining enrollment trends of most residential schools across the
nation.
        Strong recent efforts to reach out to parents and families of children with visual
impairments have, in part, resulted in one of the largest single-year enrollment increases
the School has witnessed in decades. More and more parents are investigating our School
as a place where their child can grow, learn and reach his or her potential. And that
expanding awareness is attributable to the success of our students, the service of our staff
and unwavering support from the community.




Staff Development
       It takes a team to educate a pupil at the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind
Children.
        Teachers, therapists, nurses and specialists work closely to structure and implement
creative opportunities for learning that are effective and produce changes that are lasting.
It’s not easy for our students. Learning is not casual. Unlike many of their non-disabled
peers, our boys and girls struggle to learn the most basic skills. It takes precision teaching
to help students achieve and gain increased self-sufficiency. Steadily, we see positive
change and gratifying achievements.
       Small class sizes of no more than seven students ensure students receive the
individualized attention and instruction necessary to reach their potential. Classroom
teams consist of a certified teacher of the visually impaired, occupational therapist,
physical therapist, speech and language pathologist, orientation and mobility instructor,
behavior support specialist, nurse and para-educators.
       In order to provide exceptional services to our special group of boys and girls, the
School for Blind Children is continually researching and planning unique professional
development opportunities for our staff. Kicking off the 2008-09 school year’s day of
development enrichment activities were keynote speakers Mary Nelle McLennan,
Executive Advisor to the President at the American Printing House for the Blind and
Richard Welsh, Ph.D., retired President of Pittsburgh Vision Services, who discussed “Keys
for Building Strong Professional Partnerships.”
       On September 14 and 15, 2008, the School hosted a conference entitled “Children in
Power, Empowered! Assessment and Training Strategies for Powered Mobility for
Children.” Karen Kangas, OTR/L, a nationally certified and state licensed occupational
therapist, worked with 36 occupational therapists, orientation and mobility specialists and
physical therapists from the School and other professionals from the western portion of
Pennsylvania. Participants remarked about how strongly the conference was going to
influence their work practices with students who have mobility issues and those who have
severe and multiple disabilities.
       With eagerness, innovation and compassion, the assembled team of experts of the
School for Blind Children work everyday to help create a vision of independence for our
students as well as to serve as a resource the greater community. Partnerships with local
colleges and universities allow us to share our wealth of knowledge while exploring the
new strategies of tomorrow. While internally, our organization strives to attract, nurture
and retain qualified personnel so we can continue to stay on the forefront of educating
individuals with visual impairments.




Community Relations
      Connecting with the people in our community and shining a light on the important
work being done at the School for Blind Children is an integral part of our success.
       A new interactive School website was debuted in May that was designed not only to
highlight our organization but also to serve as a resource to parents, educational
professionals, donors and other friends interested in learning more about the instruction of
students with visual impairment.
       Camera crews visited the classrooms and hallways of the campus in May in order to
capture images and scenes to record a new School video. Crafted to convey the unique
story of our School and the remarkably effective instructional and outreach programs we
provide, the video will be another tool to promote the organization and raise awareness of
our Mission.
       Students in the fields of nursing, medicine, special education and physical therapy
were among the many guests that passed through our doors this year in order to better
prepare them for their future careers. Partnerships with local schools and educational
organizations also served equally beneficial, like our LINK program that connects our boys
and girls with pupils from the Upper St. Clair school district to promote same-age social
relationships and the development of mutual respect between disabled and more typically
developing young people.
        The School was also honored to host a group of international visitors from south
Asia who were invited to our country under the auspices of the United States Department
of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The group was interested in learning
about Disability Rights and Issues and also benefited from a tour of our facilities and a
demonstration of adaptive technology.
       And in a year marked by economic distress as well as proposed reductions in state
support to educational facilities, the School was fortunate to have met the challenges with
the assistance of individuals, organizations, foundations and service clubs. With their
generous support, the School’s fundraising efforts have been successful despite the
economy and provide us with the means to maintain the level of excellence that has
become synonymous with our institution.
Financial Statements
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

                                                                    June 30, 2009               June 30, 2008
Assets
Cash and short term note                                           $     3,433,298             $      2,794,798
Other Current Assets                                                       894,835                    1,984,204
Investments and Funds Held in Trust                                    146,502,153                  186,218,317
Net Property, Plant and Equipment                                       25,594,685                   26,549,931

Total                                                              $ 176,424,971               $ 217,547,250

Liabilities and Net Assets
Accrued wages and expenses                                         $     5,471,233             $      5,136,014
Accounts payable                                                           273,552                        1,373
Bonds payable                                                           15,000,000                   15,000,000
Bond premium/Interest payable                                              136,620                      142,830
Unrestricted Net Assets                                                139,938,031                  179,721,672
Restricted Net Assets                                                   15,605,535                   17,545,361

Total                                                              $ 176,424,971               $ 217,547,250


STATEMENT OF CURRENT OPERATING ACTIVITIES

                                                               Fiscal Year Ended           Fiscal Year Ended
                                                                   June 30, 2009               June 30, 2008
Revenue and Support
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania                                       $      9,580,868             $     9,422,900
School Districts and Intermediate Units                                   6,746,045                   6,641,533
Federal Revenue                                                             931,231                     917,732
Contributions and Private Support                                         1,510,907                   1,459,944
Net Interest and Dividends                                                2,232,985                   2,930,347
Total                                                              $    21,002,036              $    21,372,456

Expenses
Salaries and Benefits                                              $    16,505,052              $    15,942,252
Contracted Services                                                      1,318,540                    1,076,462
Operations and Depreciation                                              1,657,201                    1,593,441
Supplies and other Program Costs                                         1,450,376                    2,216,749
Total                                                              $    20,931,169              $    20,828,904

Net Gain                                                           $          70,867            $       543,552


NOTES:
1. The financial statements have been prepared on the accrual basis. Accordingly, revenues and support are recorded when earned and
expenses are recognized when liabilities are incurred.
2. Depreciation has been recorded using the straight line method of depreciation over the estimated useful lives of the assets. Buildings are
depreciated over forty years, building improvements over fifteen years, machinery and equipment and furniture and fixtures over ten years, and
vehicles over four years.
3. Bequests, realized gains or losses, and unrealized gains or losses are not included in the Statement of Current Operating Activities.
4. Investments and funds held in trust are stated at market value.
5. The June 30, 2009 financial statements will be audited by Grossman, Yanak & Ford, Certified Public Accountants.




EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
L. Van V. Dauler, Jr.
President
Gerald Voros
Vice President
Todd S. Reeves
Secretary
Curt Ellenberg, Ed.D.
Treasurer
James M. Ferguson III
Laura B. Gutnick
Harry G. Kilvanick
Joseph A. Massaro III


TRUSTEES
Albert W. Biglan, M.D.
Charles R. Brodbeck
Anthony H. Evancic
Joel M. Helmrich
Thomas A. Karet
Maryjean Lovett
Gregory A. Morris, Ph.D.
Richard D. Rose


HONORARY TRUSTEE
Ellen C. Walton
ADMINISTRATIVE AND SUPERVISORY STAFF
AT JUNE 30, 2008
Todd Reeves
Executive Director/Superintendent
Curt Ellenberg, Ed.D
Financial Officer/Treasurer


Barbara Cunningham
Employee Relations Director
Brenda Egan
Early Childhood Program Director Ages 0-8
Barry Fell
Related Services Director
Maryanne Loebig
Health Services and Residential Night Director
Diane Maurey
Intermediate Program/Residential Evening Director Ages 9-14


Susan McAleer
Business Services Director
Beth Ramella
Outreach Director
Rachelle Rectenwald
Transitional Program Director Ages 15-25
Rhonda Curry
Residential Night Manager
Nilda Delerme
Transitional Manager


Jan Hackel
Early Childhood Manager
Jan Husser
Intermediate Manager
Dennis Kwiatkowski
Buildings and Grounds Manager
Jillian Pritts
Institutional Advancement Manager
Sharon Schmidt
Activities Manager
Michelle Wilczek
Residential Manager
Bequests
Many individuals have supported the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children by
bequeathing part or all of their estate to the organization. The following list is an
acknowledgment of these gifts and is cumulative, going back to the founding of the School in
1887.

Louis I. Aaron
Anna Elizabeth Abbott
William M. Achhammer
Louis Adamovitch
Abraham Adelman
Irma N. Agnew
Virginia Aiken
Charles M. Alexander
C.M. Alexander
Grace R. Alster
Charlotte M. Anderson
Rose C. McHugh Anderson
Charles Arbuthnot
Mary E. Armstrong
Zella Armstrong
Joseph A. Aronson
Emma L. Arthurs
Raymond Artz
William T. Aurentz
Sarah S. Austen
Fannie Reese Ayers
Virginia Bach
Ronald T. Bachmann
Morris Baer
Marie A. Bagwell
Utilles Baird
Georgie C. Baker
Ralph W. Baker
Elizabeth M. Bankel
James W. Bannister
Howard O. Barnes
Jean Barnhart
Anna Bowles Bartley
Lawrence Basile
Lucien Graham Bauer
Zelma Smith Bausch
Mary Bayard
Susan Bayard
William H. Bechtold
Anna E. Beck
Flora M. Beck
Marion J. Becker
William G. Beckman
Jean K. Beggs
Ann Marie Behen
Dorothy Jones Beidler
Martha L. Belknap
Thompson Bell
E.F. Thompson for
Elizabeth Bendrodt
John R. Benson
Phillis L. Bentz
Margaret Evans Berdan
Lillian Berkofsky
J. D. Bernd
Robert N. Bethell
W. S. Bickart
Julius S. Bickert
Emma W. Bihler
Elsie L. Bihlman
Sophia Binder
Mary M. Bindley
Myra J. Binsley
Susanna Bischel
Marion Blakeley
Anna Rachel Blanchard
Adele L. Blayney
Elise K. Bloom
Frederick W. Bloom
Emma M. Blum
Henry F. Boettcher
R. H. Boggs
Laura K. Bogler
Rinehart Bohn
Conrad H. Bokerman
George P. Bollman
Laura H. Borland
Henry W. Borntraeger
Helen B. Boswell
Louis Bowers
Dean A. Boyd
Callie Bragdon
Olive F. Bragdon
Elizabeth J. Brandon
Herman Brandt
Arthur E. Braun
Ethel C. Brawn
Kathryn E. Breitweiser
Mary E. Bridges
Emma Dale Harrison Broadhurst
Alice E. Brock
Anna Cloyde Brooks
Charles A. Brooks
Daisy C. Brown
Russell V. Brown
Carl W. Brueck
Grace H. Buck
Shirley Budke
William C. Buechner
Henry Buhl
Emma V. Bulger
Louise G. Bumgarner
Helen Borland Burchfield
Sara M. Burckart
Zita M. Byrne
Katharine P. Caldwell
Eleanor B. Calhoun
Clyde William Campbell
Emma M. Campbell
Henrietta T. Campbell
Margaret Shaw Campbell
Virginia Campbell
Walter J. Campbell
Grace Carson
Julia Carson
Robert Carson
Evelyn E. Catanzaro
Milton Chait
Esther Chianese
Elizabeth R. Childs
J. Mabon Childs
Rose A. Choffin
Elizabeth G. Cisneros
Armede B. Clark
Marie E. Clark
Ella May Clarke
Helen Clarke
Helen P. Classic
Sara Agnes Clendenning
Mary Louise Cochrane
Carrie Cohen
Kate Cohen
Charlotte Collison
Cora Conley
Virginia French Conley
Vaseleke H. Constandy
Katherine Hunter Conroy
Grace Coulter
Sarah J. Craig
Dorothea Crane
Estella Wood Crane
Edwin R. Crawford
Stanley E. Crawford
Jane S. Cromer
Floyd W. Crowne
Grace A. Dailey
Alice H. Danahey
Samuel H. Darrall
Laura Jane Daryman
Mary E. Davidson
James R. Davis, Jr.*
Julie Marie Davis
Lottie Davis
Bessie R. Dawson
Margaret E. Dawson
Harvey Deaktor
Samuel Deaktor
Lora M. Deane
Harry D. Deloe
Alexander Dempster
Peter Denby
Loretta DePerro
Mary DePippa
Rose Derov
A. J. DeRoy
Fredericka Detrich
Alice Devey
Sara T. Dewsnapp
Emily Gertrude Davis Dible
Susanna Diffenbacher
Harry F. Domhoff
Jessie J. Domka
Amanda B. Donahue
Ruth E. Donnally
J. J. Donnell
Ruth E. Donnell
Tille Dorsey
Elizabeth Dougherty
Joseph M. Dougherty
Mary C. Dougherty
Ethel R. Douglas
Germaine A. Douteau
Alma F. Drake
Paul H. Drees
Lois A. Duer
William H. Duff, III
Elsie G. Duga
Louis S. Duncan
Mary L. Duncan
Mary I. Dunne
Thomas N. Dunne
O. M. Eakins
Dorothy M. Eardley
Mary E. Earl
Eliza T. Edwards
Margaret K. Ege
Benjamin Ehrenberger
Josephine M. Eichenlaub
Ola Edeburn Eick
Marjory S. Eiseman
Carl Walter Elsholz
Georgia Elton
June Y. Enelow
Leonard Enelow
Harry N. Englert
E. Marguerite Erhard
Elizabeth Braun Ernst
Ann Marie Esposito
Arthur Evans
Howard S. Evans
Oliver L. Evans
Thomas R. Evans, II
Laura Evans-Ford
Lois H. Fabiani
Mathilda Fagan
Dallas Darow Fahey
Patricia Fallecker
Frances A. Faloon
Albert Farber*
Rachel A. Farrington
Evelyn Fawell
Olga M. Fay
Viola E. Fehr
Mary Warfel Ferguson
Etta Pearle Fincke
Charles Finegan
J. B. Finley
Margaret H. Finley
Jeanette Finn
Helen J. Fleck
Lloyd Fleming
Robert W. Flenniken
Alice M. Flick
Daniel C. Flory
Myrtle Forsha
Gertrude Forster
Curtis S. Foster
Fay Foster
James Foster
Louis Foster
Ella H. Frank
Vera G. Franklin
Emanuel Frederick
Harry W. Freye
Jacob C. Fry
Grace A. Frye
Thomas B. Frye
Margaret F. Fugh
Carl J. Fuhr
Helen Ruth Fullerton*
Louis M. Fushan
Jessie M. Galbraith
Katherine Clapp Galbraith
Margery Galer
Elisabeth E. Gannon
Gyla W. Gardiner
Esther L. Garber
Minne B. Gerst
Elizabeth H. Gettman
Flora M. Gilbert
Thelma Giles
Mable D. Gilleland
J. Laird Gillespie
Thelma H. Gillespie
Charles H. Gilmore
Ann Gilpin
Fannie I. Glass
Sara Glenn
Harry G. Goff
Minnie Klein Goldberg
George Goodwin
Thomas C. Gordon
Alice Morgan Graff
Charles H. A. Graham
Caroline Graper*
Ella Graubart
Albert B. Graver
Clara E. Graver
R. D. Gray
Ruth T. Gray
Mildred S. Greer
Sadie Grekin
Lillie Griffith
Margaret E. Grimpe
Michael A. Gross
Mildred Gross
Arthur M. Grossman
Martha Guenzer
Agnes M. Gulentz
Essie V. Gullett
Augusta S. Gundlach
Margaret A. Gundlach
Charles E. Gundy
Frances S. Gunn
Stella H. Guthrie
George Halpern
Lillian G. Hapern
Anne Halpin
George V. Hamilton
Marianne Rea Hamilton
Benjamin Hammond
Irma McDonald Harding
Edith H. Harper
Lola Harrison
Eliza D. Hartley
Helen Hartley
Goldyne Hartman
Mabel Daley Hartman
Mary K. Hartzell
Ida Hasson
Lloyd J. Hayden
Minnie B. Hayden
Charles Hays
Robert E. Hays
R. M. Head
Alvin D. Headrick
Gertrude B. Heard
James D. Heard
John J. Heard
Jessie O. Heasley
Annie May Hegeman
Anna Mae Heinlein
Hazel Helm
William A. Henderson
Carl C. Henning
Suzanne O. Henry
Dolly L. Hensel
Eva Herbst
Margaret M. Heron
Oliver S. Hershman
H. W. Hespenheide, Jr.
Harriet Hespenheide
Virginia V. Hewitt
Margaret Heyl
Joseph Hicklin
Anna A. Hicks
Lewis W. Hicks
Melinda Morrow Hicks
Wenman A. Hicks
William W. Hicks
Edna P. Hoag
D. Hoburg
E. Hoburg
Dorothea Van Buren Hoehl
Roxie Snyder Hoehl
Bertha C. Hoffrichter
Christopher Holl
Jane Holmes
Nathaniel Holmes
Philip Edward Horn
Marie L. Hornberger
Portia T. Hosler
Charles E. Hoting
Mary E. Hoting
Evelyn H. Housley
May Howard
Mary A. Howe
Clara Boehm Howell
Nancy Howell
Frieda E. Hoy
Alexander Hreachmack
Rose M. Hughes
Mary A. Hughes Hunt
Helen M. Hurst
Irene G. Hutchinson
Nannie A. Igram
Grace I. Irwin
Albert Isay
Mathilde Ittel
Fleda F. Iversen
John Jablonsky
Gertrude Jenny
Mary Jernberg
Fern MacLure Jobe
Laura T. Johnson
Agnes M. Johnston
Dorothy Layman Jones
Elizabeth G. Jones
Mary H. Jones
Thomas Lewis Jones
Helen Grace Jordon
Mary Junker
Oliver B. Kalar
Anna M. Kambach
Helen M. Karey
Rachel Katzenmeyer
G. A. Herman Kauffeld
Ethel Kay
Elizabeth H. Keating
Dorothy M. Kelly
Vivian Kelly
Nell Kennerdell
Annie Given Kerr
Laura Ketterer
Beatrice King
Fannie M. King
Willis L. King, Jr.
Francis H. Kirker
Mathilda Klages
Samuel Sandor Klein
Raymond F. Klinzing
Beatrice Kohn
Margaret B. Kohn
Pearl O. Kramer
Arthur A. Kridel
Edith G. Krueger
Louise Kumer
Louise S. Kumer
George W. Kummer
Elbert N. Kunkle
Carol Kurtz
Norman Kuzma
Florence Barrett Ladd
Walter J. Laitsch
Bertha M. Landau
Ethel LaSalle
Hilda H. Laub
Henry A. Laughlin
Josiah Lazar
Robert G. Lea
Anna Ledrich
John M. Lee
Lillian F. Leff
Elizabeth LeGoullon
Leo Lehman
Myra Love Lermann
Bell McC. Lessenberry
D. D. Lessenberry
Yetta Levenson
David Levison
Ralph Levison
Sanford A. Levy
Harold J. Lewis
Laura E. Linke
Henry E. Linton
Richard Little
Dorothy Livingston
Margaret A. Livingstone
Marie Locher
Ida A. Lockhart
A. Howard Logan
Giambattista Lombardi
Helen Londo
Albert M. Long
Jeannette Long
Lillian Lonkowski
Sara H. H. Lopatnikoff
Emma Luderer
Ellen Ludwig
Margaret Lyle
Marguerite MacIntosh
Louise Maeder
Ella J. Maher
Annie W. Mahood
Emile Majerus
Nelle Mallison
Ida Mann
Julia Marchulinas*
Ben Mardowitz
Melvin Markowitz
Julia Marks
Elsie G. Marshall
Irene Marshall
Anna Z. Martier
Elizabeth D. Martin
Fannie Martin
Nellie C. Martin
S. S. Marvin
Sara Jane Mascaro
Martha Lockhardt Mason
Mary J. Maund
Philomena Mauro
Mary H. Maury
Hugh McAffee
Katherine R. McAleer
Elizabeth Nelson McBride
Evaline B. McBride
Emma M. McCall
Alice M. McCann
Paul J. McCann
Grace C. McCombs
Aileen McCullough
Jayne E. McDaniel
Nell A. McDonough
Edmund McElwain
Kate G. McFadyen
Annabelle Livingston McKerahan
Helen J. McKesson
Helen R. Milar
Jesse C. McMillan
Florence D. McMillen
David C. McNary
Elizabeth J. McPherson
Mary McPherson
Howard W. Meider
Jennie King Mellon
Sara Mendelson
Ethel E. Merkamp
Louis A. Mertz
Celia Mervis
Willa Metz
Elizabeth K. Metzger
Bernard Meyer
Helen R. Milar
Annora S. Miller
Edith S. Miller
Ella B. Miller
Ida Mae Miller
Francis B. Miller
Samual H. Miller
Torrence Miller
Ernestine T. Moenius
Jean Molchan
Clara H. Moore
Edna Gray Moore
Thomas B. Moreland
Pauline Morgan
Ruth E. Morgan
Catharine G. Morrow
Edith B. Morse
Carolyn Mortensen
Margaret Irene Moser
Jessie Movizzo
Charlotte Murray
Harry M. Murray
Margaret C. Murray
Wilfrid Murtland
Nellie A. Myers
Helen Donhoff Neely
Mary F. Nelson
Theodore Neppach
Regina U. Nestor
John Nesuta
Rose Neuman
Maxine Newcomer
Emma Nickel
Joseph Nicklin
Mary C. Niebaum
Ida J. Niemann
Howard A. Noble
William Norris
Fulton Clark Noss
Jane F. Novak
Mary M. Oberlin
Irene O’Brien
Thomas J. O’Donnel
Nelle M. Oliver
J. Henry O’Neill
Josephine T. O’Neill
M. Oppenheimer
Clara A. Opperman
Rebecca J. Packer
Christopher L. Painter
Jacob Painter, Jr.
Mary D. Parkhill
Alex H. Patterson
Jacob W. Paul
Margaret S. Paul
Helen Penn
John P. Penny
Virginia Peters
George Pfeil
Charles J. Phillips
Myrtle C. Phillis
Karl A. Pillow
Titus G. Pope
Henry Kirke Porter
John Porterfield
Emily Powell
Amilia C. Proft
James A. Quinn
Helen M. Ragner
John R. Ranson
Dixie Walker Rea
Frances Rea
Elsie Rearick
Flora E. Reeg
Victor C. Reiber
William R. Reichle
Lois E. Reid
Wilson H. Remmel
Barbara Weinman Rickert
Mary E. Rieck
Earl H. Riefer
Matilda A. Rieger
Hilda S. Rieland
Alice E. Robertson
Elizabeth R. Robinson
Joseph G. Robinson
Martha J. Robinson
Glen K. Rodemoyer
Marie Rohrer
Lucille R. Roithner
Samuel Marks Rose
Charles J. Rosenbloom
Freda Rosenblum
Dorothy Peoples Ross
Elizabeth Weaver Roth
Charlotte Rubenstein
Mary L. Rudolf
Wilma Ruf
Florence Rumbaugh
Mildred Rupp
Paul D. Sack
Elizabeth Salzer
Helen M. Santillo
Minnie Sartoris
Frank C. Sauer
Loretta A. Sauer
Miller C. Schafer
William. E. Schafer
Mary E. Schenley
Irving Schiffman
June Schiffman
Fred Schiller
Howard M. Schirra
Ethel R. Schmidt
Garnet B. Schmidt
Irene M. Schmidt
Ruth B. Schmidt
Paul Schmitt
Lucy Ames Schmitz
Virginia Schomaker
Mollie Schonfield
Gretchen Schoonmaker
James M. Schoonmaker
Rebeka C. Schoonmaker
William F. Schoonmaker
Simon Schreiber
Wilhelmine Schreiber
Harry A. Schroedel
Letty F. Schulga
Paul G. Schultz
Charles E. Schultz
Charles H. Schultz
Elizabeth F. Schwartz
Paul H. Schweizer
John B. Scott
Joseph Scully
Rose Marie Scully
Issac Seder
Margaret K. Seely
Richard B. Seib
Horace Luther Seifert
Frank Sepic, Jr.
Samuel Lloyd Shank
Barbara Shirk Shaw*
John G. Sheafer
Hyman Shear
Jeanette B. Shear
Helen E. Sheffel
Joseph R. Shermer
Rose Levitt Shermer
William Sherwin
Leo S. Shipkowski
Harold G. Shirk
Norma Jackson Shirk
G. Albert Shoemaker
Ida Mae Shoemaker
Catherine Showers
John Shubelka, Jr.
Lena Sievwright
Luella M. Simonton
Ethel Seavey Simpson
Pearl I. Simpson
Meyer H. Sivitz
Jean M. Slack
Vera Slater
Vera H. Slater
Carol Sloan
Louis M. Sloan
Hilda E. Sloop
Catherine M. Slowey
Edwin A. Smith
Esther Smith
Frances L. Smith
Marie R. Smith
Mabel L. Smith
Marion H. Smith
William M. Smith
William Metz Smith
Mrs. George C. Sneathen
Evelyn Carhart Snyder
H. C. Snyder
Mary Elise Snyder
Carrie Haws Sobey
Amelia Solomon
Alberta L. Sowash
Charles H. Spang
Norman Spang
Marjorie Spector
George J. Stanley
Martha S. Stanley
Wilmer T. Starkey
William Steele
Viola Steelman
Anna M. Steffler
Christina F. Steibel
Marie K. Steinecke
Paula Steinmetz
Mary A. Stenger
Elizabeth B. Stephan
Josephine A. Stephens
Marguerite Stevenson
Dolores Stewart
Ruth Stewart
Ambrose H. Stiffler
Marie M. Stockdale
Helen M. Stolzenbach
Emily Stoops
Ruth A. Stott
George Strasser
Mary Agnes Stuckey
Bertha E. Succop
Dorothy M. Suckling
Rosalie T. Suess
Grace Z. Sugerman
Valerie Supuran
Mary Crocker Sutton
Mildred Sutton
Olive E. Swank
Gwen G. Swart
Helene I. Tadowsky
Charles L. Taylor
Margaret F. Taylor
William Thaw
Pearl L. Thayer
Vesta Thomas
Hazel O. Thompson
Hazel Van Buren Thompson
Marie N. Thompson
Oscar G. Tiedeman
Mary Cushing Tiotus
Elmer F. Toomey
Mary R. D. Torrance
Ernest Trent
Matilda S. Trudal
Mrs. Dagmar J. Turner
Frances Turner
Lillian W. Turner
W. Alfred Turner
Cora M. Tustin
Anna C. Unverzaget
Murmon T. Von Ordstrand
Ella D. Vaughn
Virginia D. Viverette
Agnes Voelker
Elizabeth M. Vogeley
Helene B. Volkwein
Wilhelmina Wagner
Frances C. Walker
Mary Elizabeth Walker
Rheyna Miller Walker
Forest F. Wallerstedt
Lena Sisco Walter
Elzey Thomas Walton
Dorothy Washchyshak*
Marian Waugaman
William Weil
Joseph Weisbrod
Edith E. Weitershausen
Anna Welch
Mary Wellington
Ethel M. Wendell
Peggy Lee Wentzel
Elizabeth P. Wertz
Lorine A. White
Elizabeth C. Whitehall
Florence B. Whitwell
Daisy A. Wickham
Jennie C. Widdman
Sara Cancelliere Wiegand
Myron P. Wiegand
Jebba Dixon Wiggin
Kathryn J. Wilcox
Frederick W. Wiley
Audrey E. Will*
Cora Hubbard Williams
Joseph Williams
Marie K. Williams
David B. Wilson
Mabel (Mary) R. Gorman Wilson
Herman Windt
Charles Winfield
Hilda E. Winterling
Anna C. Wise
Marion S. Wissman
Patricia Witherow
Harry F. Wixfort
Helen M. Woerner
Helen Woerner
Mary B. Wolff
Betty Ann Wood
Winifred Woods
Grace Eisaman Wright
Eugene S. Wyler
John M. Yahres
Laura Yost
Helen Young
Margaret Young
Martha Young
Olga Yurkovich*
Grace Zahnisger
Hattie I. Ziegler
Howard G. Ziegler
Margaret I. Zimmerman
Ange L. Zinkand
Katherine M. Zinkil
Raymond Zwolski
Nora C. Zydel
A cumulative list of bequests from
wills and estates.
*
Denotes bequests which were
received between July 1, 2008
and June 30, 2009.


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