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Standing in front of a photo of their beloved Mt. Whitney, George and Jeanne Wiesseman celebrate 70 years of marriage.

When asked why giving to Loma Linda University makes sense at this stage in their lives, George and Jeanne Wiesseman offer two solid reasons.

First, they appreciate the university's emphasis on global service to help others.

"We're more comfortable with what LLU is doing than we are with some organizations we could donate to," George explains. "There's been tremendous growth since we've been here, but right up to the present, LLU has stayed true to the original mission."

"Lyn Behrens and Dick Hart have kept the focus on missions," Jeanne agrees. "We feel that's tremendously important!"

Second, the office of philanthropy at Loma Linda University offers the Wiesseman's a variety of giving options tailored to their needs.

 

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Romance was in the air in the spring of 1943 when the future Jeanne Wiesseman adjusted the bed of a 3¼ x 4¼ Anniversary Speed Graphic Camera while fiancé George looked on with a smile.

"Over the years, we've made several gifts to LLU," George offers, citing the bargain sale of a house the couple built across the street from their present home as one their contributions.

"That's right," Jeanne agrees. "We added a charitable gift annuity in our daughter's name that will give her some income at a time of need. We also have one or two other annuities in our names."

"The most recent thing we did," George adds, "was set up an annuity trust when we sold our condo."

"We can't take it with us when we go," Jeanne observes.

The Wiesseman's, who are in their late eighties and early nineties, credit their education at Loma Linda University as the foundation for their success. George graduated from the LLU School of Medicine in the class of 1947 while Jeanne earned not one, but five, LLU degrees over the years: a bachelor of science, three masters' degrees, and a doctorate.

The couple served God and humanity—George as an orthopedic surgeon, Jeanne as a medical technologist—in California, Georgia, Texas, Thailand, and Vietnam.

These days, they stay in touch with their kids and grandkids, raise citrus in the backyard, attend weekly services at Loma Linda University Church, and get together with friends.

Looking back, the Wiesseman's are grateful their gifts will benefit future generations of students.

"If we're going to give, we're going to give to something that will make a positive contribution in this troubled world," George concludes.

"We've had so many blessings," Jeanne reflects. "I thank the Lord all the time!"

 

A charitable gift annuity is an agreement with the charity where the donor makes a gift and receives the right to annuity payments for their lifetime based on the value of the gift. Current annuity payout rates are based on age and range from 4.4 to 9.0 percent. To see how a charitable gift annuity could benefit you, please contact the Office of Planned Giving at 909-558-4553 or email legacy@llu.edu  for more information.

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