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Samuel Osbourn Society Profiles

Sally Solis-Cohen ’76

Alumna, Class Agent, 30th Reunion Committee Chair and Senior Class Parent Volunteer. These are among the many active GA roles played by Sally Solis-Cohen ’76. To complement her already diverse commitment to her school, this year Sally included Germantown Academy as a beneficiary in her estate planning.

“Telling people about GA is easy. From my own experiences over 30 years ago to the extraordinary way GA prepared my daughter, Emily ‘06 for college, there is, in my mind, no better school in the region. My membership in the Osbourn Society helps assure that GA will continue to grow, attract the best faculty and see that the next generation is even better prepared for what the future holds.”

Donald G. Maize ’42

Donald G. Maize ’42 is remembered by those who knew him as a sailor who loved the sea. His life’s travels saw him dock in many ports which he called home including Bequia in the West Indies and several areas along the coast of sunny Florida. No matter where Don’s many adventures led him next, he remembered Germantown Academy was home once, too. Serving as a significant and formative base in his early life in Philadelphia, Mr. Maize made sure to account for his fond experiences by creating a Charitable Remainder Unitrust to benefit the school. Upon his passing in January 2006, GA received a very generous contribution from the trust to continue the school’s mission.

“Dad thought very highly of his time at Germantown Academy. His GA diploma was the only one that hung on his office wall. I think he was proud of his experience there and wanted to make sure to give back in support of his education.”-Bill Maize, Son

Dan Weintraub '82

Dan Weintraub '82 has made a life arrangement to support the continuing work of Germantown Academy in perpetuity. GA will be the recipient of a distribution from the Beth A. and Daniel Hill Weintraub Special Purposes Fund as part of the Richmond Jewish Foundation.

“Through my work with the Foundation, I am reminded of the story of a man who, toward the end of his life, plants seeds which will one day grow into trees. While those trees will not bear fruit for many years to come, it is his intent to provide for those in the future who can benefit from their harvest. This commitment honors my appreciation for the many lessons I learned during my time at GA. The ability to support the kind of educational opportunities provided by Germantown Academy is very meaningful to my family and me.”

John “Hench” Murray '62

John “Hench” Murray '62 , has included GA as a beneficiary in his estate plan. A tenured educator himself, most recently as the Head of the Woodlynde School, Murray has a first-hand perspective of the operational goals and needs of an independent school. Through that experience he is uniquely qualified to recognize the vitality of giving back both on the short and long term.

“Philanthropic support is crucial at a school like Germantown Academy. Schools like ours rely on their alumni and friends to recognize this and participate in the present and future needs of their school in any way that they can. This provision is made to honor my own experience at GA. It is my way of recognizing Germantown Academy and the important role it has played in my life and the lives of my family.”