When Jane Whipple agreed to a blind date with a student from the University of Maine, she had no idea it would lead to more than 50 years (and counting) of marriage. Chandler Coddington, UMaine class of '54, was set to attend Maine's homecoming until his date, a Colby student, broke her shoulder. Jane, a good friend of the woman, agreed to accompany Chan instead.
The Coddingtons are passionate about creating opportunity for students at Colby. Chan, a retired insurance sales executive, took advantage of what some would consider obscure investment opportunities with start-up companies, and his ventures paid off. The couple has used the profits to help Colby students: in 1994 they endowed the Whipple-Coddington Chair in Geology to help Colby attract and retain distinguished faculty members, and they recently documented a bequest to fund the Whipple-Coddington Financial Aid Fund, which will increase access for deserving students of limited means. Regular Colby Fund donors, they also have made gifts for the Colby libraries, the William R. Cotter Professorship, and the Linda K. Cotter Internship Fund.
Jane, a Colby trustee emerita who garnered a brick award in 2000, summed up her motivation for helping Colby students as, simply: "I love the feeling." Some future Colby students will no doubt love the feeling of being on the receiving end of the Coddingtons' generosity as well.
If you would like to learn more about how your financial planning can benefit Colby students for generations to come, please call Susan Conant Cook ’75, P’11, director of gift planning, at 800-809-0103 or write firstname.lastname@example.org.