Alumnus gives back in honor of 35th Reunion

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Alumnus gives back in honor of 35th Reunion

For Bob Peterson, MD ’82, it is hard to overstate the impact that Harvard Medical School has had on his life and career. He says his MD from HMS opened many doors and gave him instant credibility. But the people he met and values imparted during his years on the Quad are his most valuable assets.

Headshot: Bob Peterson“My classmates were the most amazing group of people that I have ever known. I have great respect for all of them, and I am very grateful to have been a member of this illustrious group,” he says. “HMS instills an expectation of excellence, and even though I am no longer in the Boston area, I feel an obligation to try to make a difference.”

To this end, Peterson established two deferred charitable gift annuities (CGA) at HMS totaling $100,000 in honor of his 35th Reunion. “I wanted to make a meaningful gift, but I am not wealthy and live in Hawaii, which is a very expensive state, so I worry about retirement income and what the future holds,” he says. By establishing a deferred CGA, Peterson funds the gift today but elects to postpone his income payments until his retirement.

Peterson’s gift benefits the Class of 1982 Healthcare Outreach through Medical Education Endowed Scholars Fund, which provides support to HMS students who are committed to providing health services to underserved populations and communities in Boston. By earmarking this gift to his class fund, Peterson hopes it will indirectly support the work of his classmate James J. O’Connell III, MD ’82, who serves as president of Boston Health Care for the Homeless, where most students supported by this fund choose to complete their projects.

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