Gordon Schroeder ’59 has had a strong connection with Illinois State since starting at University High School at age 14. He transitioned to a mailroom job at State Farm after graduating in 1950, working two years before being drafted.

Home again from Korea, Schroeder returned to State Farm and completed a degree in business education. During his undergraduate years, Schroeder dated Carol (Cathcart) ’60, who became his wife.

They made Bloomington-Normal their home. She dedicated her career to teaching elementary students. He remained at State Farm, becoming the assistant director of accounting. Both are now retired, but remain actively engaged with the University that they have consistently supported financially for 30 years.

 “When we married, money was short. As our income became more significant, we increased our giving as we were able,” said Schroeder, who is a distinguished alum of U-High.

The goal in giving was never to become one of the leaders in ISU’s Loyalty Circle, but rather to show appreciation for the education and memories tied to the University.

“Illinois State created a good foundation for us in our careers,” Schroeder said, noting the pride he and his wife share for the school has not waned. They remain staunch Redbird fans who also support the arts.

Find out how you can be a part of the Loyalty Circle by contacting Lora Wey at (309) 438-2592 or lwey@IllinoisState.edu.