Donor Stories and Legacies

Combining an Outright Gift with a Trust to Reach Personal Goals

Gluck Family
Barry and Joan Gluck with daughters Meredith ’07 and Jessica (Tufts ’05)

Joan Dautremont-Gluck ’74 was one of ND’s first female graduates, and she never forgot what an impact it had on her. “My father, Joe Dautremont ’29, played for Rockne,” she says, “so Notre Dame has always been a magical place for me. And being one of the first women at ND really prepared me to be a pioneer in the business world.”

Recently, Joan and her husband, Barry Gluck, experienced the University in a new way—as parents. Daughter Meredith graduated in 2007. That experience was also transformative, says Joan: “I completely enjoyed being a student here, but I am much more aware now of the opportunities Notre Dame provides for young people. The students are amazing, and they really grasp the idea of giving back.”

Giving back is something Joan has been doing for a long time. That first year after graduation, she donated $10 to Notre Dame, and she has been a steady supporter ever since. Recently, she and Barry, grateful that they were able to afford their daughter’s college tuition, endowed a scholarship for female undergraduate business majors.

“We’re all here to help each other and serve God,” says Joan. “We are thrilled to be able to help students who have so much to offer the world.” The Gluck’s scholarship support doesn’t stop with their endowment. Through the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce Athletics Grants-in-Aid, the couple provides annual scholarship funding for a Notre Dame athlete. In addition, Joan and Barry established a charitable remainder trust that will pay them lifetime income while increasing the size of their scholarship when the trust terminates. The couple also created an endowment for the Center for Social Concerns.

After embracing so many avenues of giving, the Glucks never fail to make a gift when the Annual Fund reply card arrives in the mail. Even new graduate Meredith has gotten into the act. “My dad set the example for me,” says Joan, “and I guess we have done the same for our daughter. Pay it forward!”