Priority Profile: An Empowering Endowment

Dr. Harlan P. Wallingford ’45

Dr. Harlan P Wallingford ’45 was a shining example of a St. Louis Country Day School alumnus who truly lived the mission of his alma mater. Dr. Wallingford passed away in January 2016, but his commitment to society through service and work lives on. Before retiring to Tennessee, where he lived an unpretentious life, Dr. Wallingford served as a marketing professor at Pace University in New York.  

After many years of saving and investing wisely, he started giving back to MICDS. Over the years, Dr. Wallingford became a very generous donor and a loyal proponent of Student Access, establishing the Harlan P. Wallingford Endowed Scholarship Fund. In accordance with his wishes, this fund provides financial aid to students with demonstrated need without regard to race, religion or gender. Over the years, this modest endowed fund has continued to grow, allowing many bright students the opportunity to receive an education at MICDS.

But what is most surprising and humbling is what happened upon Dr. Wallingford’s death. While he frequently reminded us that he would be providing for MICDS in his will, we never imagined the thoughtful planning he had made for our students.

In the 16 months since his death, MICDS has received more than $3 million from Dr. Wallingford’s estate–a testament to his formation at St. Louis Country Day School. This bequest will benefit the Bold Action Campaign’s Student Access funding priority.

Our School’s relationship with Dr. Wallingford extended for many years through generations of faculty, staff, volunteer leadership and Heads of School. He is an inspiration to us all, and we are most grateful for his generosity of spirit.  

If you would like to contribute to the Harlan P. Wallingford Endowed Scholarship Fund, or set up an endowed fund of your own, please contact Kalleen Rose, Director of Major and Planned Gifts, at krose@micds.org or at 314-995-7455.