Planned Giving: Trio from the Class of ’69 Leave a Legacy

When the Country Day School Class of 1969 celebrated its 50th Reunion last Spring, we heard many of them speak about the strong foundational impact their CDS education has had on their lives. At least three of them have now decided to give back by including MICDS in their personal estate plans.

Reunion volunteer Joe Rechter ’69 and his classmate Steve Turner ’69 were the first to step forward—long before their most recent reunion—by making unrestricted bequests to the School’s endowment. Both say they were inspired to leave a legacy gift to the School because they believe Country Day provided a framework for how to live their lives.

“The Mission of the School was to teach boys to become men, men to become leaders and leaders to give back to the community,” recalls Rechter. “The bar was set high for us to embrace excellence and leadership, and it still is. Now I’ve decided to leave a giving legacy to let my family know that CDS and MICDS made a difference in my life.”

Turner echoes a similar sentiment: “CDS created the basis for me to build on. The teachers and administrators were very encouraging and supportive, and made me feel like I could achieve anything,” he says. “I have since found it personally gratifying to include MICDS in my estate plans because I am able to recognize in a more meaningful way some of what the School provided me.”

Mark Throdahl ’69, back in St. Louis after several decades of living on the east coast and abroad, made the decision to arrange a planned gift to MICDS after attending his 50th reunion.

“Country Day gave me a foundation to handle an enormous workload in college and graduate school as well as how to think critically, write effectively and balance multiple priorities. Since then, I’ve seen the School reinvent itself by becoming more diverse, inclusive and co-educational. Success in today’s world requires you to be comfortable with diversity. MICDS is an even better place now,” notes Throdahl.

MICDS is, of course, better for the generosity of these forward-thinking alums. Thank you, Joe, Steve and Mark. You join a distinguished list of Eliot & Thompson Society donors who have chosen to help secure the long-term financial stability of your alma mater by making a planned gift to benefit the School’s endowment.


If you are interested in joining the Eliot & Thompson Society for planned giving donors and creating your own legacy at MICDS without costing you anything today, contact Kalleen Capps Rose, Director of Major & Planned Gifts, at 314-995-7455 or