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Legacy Society

Create a better tomorrow for public health students, educators and the communities they serve by including the UIC School of Public Health in your estate plan today.

You can direct your gift to any fund or program at the school, making a UIC SPH education more affordable for students inneed, or supporting research that improves people’s healthand changes lives.

Your gift helps us prepare the next generation of leaders, thinkers and doers and inspire answers to tomorrow’s biggest challenges.

To learn more about the Legacy Society, contact the Office of Advancement at

Meet the donor: Mary Harvey Heading link

Mary Harvey’s (MPH ’76) passion to give back to the UIC School of Public Health is evident in her recent commitment to make an estate gift to the school.

She says she wants “to help those who have a desire to work in public health but can’t afford to go back to school.”

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Meet the donor: Susan Scrimshaw Heading link

In 2015, former dean Susan Scrimshaw left a generous gift to the school to make sure that students have the same opportunities she has had through education.  In 2019, to honor the school’s 50th anniversary, she revised her estate plan to increase her gift.

“I want to help a student of Latin origin to complete their education,” she said. “Giving back is very important to me.”

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Meet the donor: Barb Epstien Heading link

Barb Epstien, MPH ’78, and her husband Julian Gray, have made an estate gift she hopes will grow and sustain the industrial hygiene profession.

“It’s important to both my husband and me to support institutions that we care about and that have had an impact on us,” she said.

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Meet the donor: Saundra Spilotro Heading link

Alumna Saundra Spilotro ’76 and husband Peter have established an estate gift to the School of Public Health to support a registered nurse pursuing an advanced degree in public health.

“Today, the cost of college tuition is a burden on so many people and we felt it was time to pay it forward,” Saundra said.

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Meet the donors: Robert and Linda Kay Heading link

Robert Kay, DrPH, (MPH ’78) and wife Linda have established planned gifts for the UIC School of Public Health to support the strong community involvement in SPH MPH programs.

“I have a special feeling for UIC because they were the first to provide me with the skills and knowledge needed to protect public health,” Robert said.

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