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Mother keeps daughter’s memory alive through blended gift

Dana Karr ’71, Lydia Cooprider’s daughter, had a successful career playing for the Nashville Symphony before her untimely death in 1997.
Dana Karr ’71, Lydia Cooprider’s daughter, had a successful career playing for the Nashville Symphony before her untimely death in 1997.

When you hear the term “legacy,” what ideas come to your mind? For Lydia Cooprider, it meant making sure her daughter’s memory was kept alive in order for future generations to understand just how special she was.

In 1997, Lydia not only was learning how to cope with the loss of her husband of 58 years, but also the untimely death of her daughter, Dana, who died just six weeks later. Dana graduated from Wichita State University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Music Education, majoring in instrumental music education. She went on to a successful career playing for the Nashville Symphony.

Shortly after Dana’s death, Lydia decided to create a current scholarship to benefit students at WSU studying string instruments. Dana was an accomplished harpist and had enormous love for string instruments. Lydia continued to fund the Dana C. Karr Scholarship with annual gifts. However, her involvement didn’t stop there. Lydia knew that at some point her annual support would cease and that she would need to make provisions to have this fund endowed. With that in mind, Lydia made arrangements through her estate to provide funding that would keep Dana’s memory alive in perpetuity.

With her estate plan, Lydia Cooprider provided for her scholarship and the memory of her daughter to live in perpetuity
With her estate plan, Lydia Cooprider provided for her scholarship and the memory of her daughter to live in perpetuity.

Staff members at the WSU Foundation talk to people everyday about how to make arrangements for these types of blended gift opportunities. Lydia was able to see firsthand just how her current scholarship was working and how it was being awarded while she was still living. This gave her the opportunity to make slight adjustments to the fund, truly making it work as she had originally envisioned. With this information available, she then felt comfortable making provisions for a gift in her estate plans to endow the scholarship. With Lydia’s death in May, her vision has now been fulfilled, as we are using her estate funds to fully endow the Dana C. Karr Scholarship.

We invite you to follow Lydia’s lead on how to make this type of blended gift commitment. There are many gifting options available to perpetuate what you consider important. We look forward to assisting you with the details of your legacy gift. Please contact Mike LambMike Lamb, vice president for planned giving, at 316-978-3804 or mike.lamb@wichita.edu or Darin KaterDarin Kater, senior director of development for planned giving, at 316-978-3887 or darin.kater@wichita.edu.