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Enduring Values

Nita and Commander Jack Parry

'Nita and Commander Jack Parry '67, USNR (Ret.)

As Naval Academy alumni far and wide will attest, the education they receive influences their lives far beyond Graduation and Commissioning Day.

"Attending the Academy is a life-changing event," said Commander Jack Parry '67, USNR (Ret.). "The real impact is the values that it teaches. They resonate and you feel them more intensely as you get older."

Parry, a naval aviator, and his wife, 'Nita, returned to Annapolis to live after retiring from long careers in Richmond, VA. They wanted to find a way to give back that reflected his regard for his alma mater. The Parrys have sponsored midshipmen for more than a decade and looked for other ways to stay involved with the Academy's culture and community, but they believed charitable contributions to the Academy represented a new way of honoring the importance of the Academy in their lives.

"At some point in life, you develop a sense of wanting to give back," said Parry. "The Academy connections have always felt like our extended family."

By using IRA rollovers to fund annual gifts and including a bequest in their wills to benefit the Academy, the Parrys are able to support their charitable interests and their personal financial needs, as well as enjoy membership in the Robert Means Thompson Society, which recognizes those who have included the Naval Academy Foundation in their estate plan.

"There's nothing out of our pocket right away," explained Parry. "We still have use of our assets. It was a no-brainer for us."

Please contact Patti Bender by plannedgiving@usna.com or call 410-295-4186 to learn more.

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