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planned giving / trust se r vices This is the second installment of a two-part story that began in the July 2014 Messenger. Paying it Forward CUC’s Administration Building entrance and lobby. EUGENE CLARENCE GLANZER was known for “paying it forward,” for showing unexpected kindness to others with no thought of personal gain. He followed this same spirit when he left bequests to Adventist universities he had attended or had simply admired. Canadian University College (CUC) is very grateful to have benefited from Eugene’s generosity. The Glanzer family name became well known in both Canada and the United States because of Eugene’s older brother, Ben. In his time Ben sang with the Voice of Prophecy’s King’s Heralds. And these brothers are both fondly remembered at CUC for rescuing the nine-foot Chickering grand piano during the 1930 administration building fire. In his later years, Eugene recalled how difficult it was for him, Ben, and Jack Hardy to drag that heavy piano to safety. Because of them, this same saved piano remained on the CUC campus for 78 more years, until 2008. 1 Eugene and his wife, Oleta (Lee), were 1 Eugene Clarence Glanzer caretakers and caregivers in their Takoma Park, Md., neighbourhood. They faithfully helped an aging neighbour so that she could remain in her home; they shared their garden produce all around the neighbourhood; they set great examples in the area of healthful living; they were cat lovers and cat sitters; and when Lee died in 1997 after volunteering for more than 25 years with Meals on Wheels, Eugene stepped in to take her place. Eugene died on Dec. 27, 2008, just three days before his 96 th birthday. The celebration of his life was held in the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, where he was a member. Tributes by family and friends painted a picture of a dynamic individual who lived to serve. A note in the memorial service bulletin stated, “The flowers are from the Sligo Adventist Church with thanks for his [Eugene’s] service to the congregation.” His service included many years of recording weekly Sligo sermons for broadcast on a local station. Is it any wonder that someone with a heart this big would make large plans for his legacy gifts? In addition to the CUC and Parkview Adventist Academy scholarships reported in last month’s Messenger, Eugene’s gifts helped to enable several urgent campus projects that other- wise would not have been possible. His legacy allowed the exterior renovation of the McKibbin Education Building, the remodelling of the Administration Building entrance and lobby, and a new façade for the aging library building. As with most legacy gifts, Eugene’s donations came at just the right time. Now these facilities stand proudly to be used for many years to come. Eugene spent a lifetime paying it forward, and with his final planned gifts he did it again! For as Jesus advised, “Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matt. 6:20, NKJV). Could the Saviour have been speaking about a form of paying it forward? n Edith Fitch and Denise Dick Herr, Changing Lives: The Hilltop Story, 1907-2007 (Lacombe, AB: Canadian University College, 2007), 47. M Aug u st 2 014 11