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Leaving a Legacy

Arriving from Hong Kong in 1959 with $100 and a dream, Esther Lee became a barrier-breaking pioneer in computer science. In 2001, she and her husband endowed the Esther and Edward Lee Scholarship to benefit women from Asia. A bequest from their living trust will strengthen the fund.

“My father’s dream was for me to study in America. He died when I was in high school, but Lewis & Clark fulfilled his dream and mine by awarding me a scholarship. Lewis & Clark changed my life. I am honored to help my school do the same for others.”Esther LeeClass of 1963
Esther Lee, Class of 1963
  • Earned an computer science from Purdue University
  • Conducted research with MIT, IBM, and Intel
  • Amassed 25 years of experience developing complex computer systems
  • Received industry recognition as TRW’s 1993 Woman of the Year
  • Pioneered a California program guiding minority high school students to college

You can share your legacy in ways that care for your family and benefit Lewis & Clark. Through a charitable remainder trust, for example, you and/or another beneficiary may:

  • Receive lifetime payments
  • Obtain a sizable tax deduction
  • Sell appreciated property or stock without paying capital gains taxes
  • Make a significant gift to Lewis & Clark and other charities of your choice
  • To talk about gift choices for you and your family, contact Sharon Bosserman-Benson at or 800-753-9292.

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