I will always remember that St. Andrew's-Sewanee provided the guidance and support that I needed as a young person to grow into adulthood. The process of learning discipline and structure in a caring and rich learning environment started for me at the Academy and was reinforced when I continued at SAS. It was my desire to help to make those same opportunities for growth and maturity available to young people today that led my wife Ann and me to include St. Andrew's-Sewanee in our will.
Some people think that planned giving is something you do when you are older, after your kids are grown, or when you are in retirement. However, I felt that the advantage of a gift through estate planning is that once I made the decision and got it done, I did not have to think about it again. I am blessed to be very busy with daily life, work, and family, and it is a relief to know that now that my decision to give back has been implemented, I do not have to worry about it. I have the satisfaction of knowing that whatever happens to me, I can still have an impact on the future of the school. I am leaving a legacy.
The codicil in our will designates a fixed amount of the proceeds of my life insurance policy for SAS. It is in memory of my deceased stepfather, Lee S. Fountain Jr. SMA '48, who introduced me to Sewanee and served as a role model for me. He instilled the principles of discipline and service that have been so important to me in adulthood. This is a specific gesture on my part to demonstrate and model those principles.