Ron and Sheri Cole

 A hallmark of the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry is teaching students to focus on the entire patient, not just the illness.

 

For ophthalmologist Ronald Cole ’62M, this approach helped him provide the very best care to his patients. After 22 years in retinal surgery and general ophthalmology, Dr. Cole chose to specialize in vision rehabilitation. “I saw it as an opportunity to focus on how the person functions and not just how the eye functions.”

 

When Dr. Cole and his wife, Sheri, returned to Rochester for a class reunion, the couple decided to commemorate the milestone by making a gift to the David and Ilene Flaum Eye Institute.

 

After exploring a number of options, the Coles gifted a vacation home to a charitable remainder unitrust. They received a tax deduction, avoided capital gains tax, and established life income from the University. The Coles’ gift will ultimately establish the Dr. Ronald J. & Charlotte S. Cole Endowed Scholars Fund in support of vision restoration, low vision research, and vision rehabilitation.

 

“It was a matter of examining our assets and how to make the most of them. Creating a trust fit.”

 

The Coles are recognized as Founding Members of the Wilson Society.

Ed and Agnes Ackley

Creating opportunities for students through charitable remainder unitrusts...

Norma Andzer

Blended gifts create a legacy of support...

Mariane Bafile

Ensuring a legacy of excellence with deferred charitable gift annuities...

Ruth Blumberg

A legacy of gratitude created through planned gifts...

Nancy Boyer

Opening new doors for future nursing students...

Merri Boylan

"Paying it forward" with a charitable gift annuity...

Dr. Simone Gronsky Brenner

Impacting the lives of future generations through bequest intention... 

Harold and Jean Brodell

Income through University of Rochester gift annuities...

Jane Curtiss Watkin

Honoring a lifelong relationship with a charitable gift annuity...

Philip and Margaret Davidson

A bequest intention to support Neurodevelopmental & Behavioral Pediatrics...