Donor: Marlow and Patricia Kluter

A lasting tribute by Marlow and Patricia Kluter

Kluter2Marlow and Patricia Kluter worked hard most of their lives – he as a loan officer and she as a teacher. They lived not extravagantly but passionately.

“Marlow loved to paint,” said Maureen McCarthy, Friends Fellowship Chaplain. “Pat was a talented musician and accomplished on violin and piano.”

When Marlow and Pat began to consider planned giving, they consulted with their attorney and friend, Bob Bever. “They were lovely people, but very low-key,” he recalled. “I think their gifts came as a surprise to many people.”

Through the process of developing a will, the Kluters designated 90 percent of their $7 million estate to 13 charities close to their hearts. Reid Foundation was on their list.

“Pat felt she had always been treated well at Reid,” Bever said. “She wanted to give back in exchange for the comfort that was provided.”

Marlow passed away in 2007 and Pat in December 2010. Upon their passing, Bob gathered the 13 organizations to share the news that would astonish the community.

Reid Foundation’s Board of Directors will decide soon how to honor the Kluters’ memory for their gift.

“We will see this clearly as a legacy gift. That is our interpretation of a gift that leaves a legacy statement,” said Foundation President Randy Kirk. “It will result in a hospital naming opportunity yet to be determined.”

“When I think about her generosity, it just speaks to me of her,” said McCarthy. “Committed.”