Pearl and Rev. Paul H. Almquist '59: The Pursuit of Christian Educational Excellence Inspires Gifts of Time and Money

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"That little plot of land means quite a bit to us and our family," says Rev. Paul H. Almquist '59. "I was there for seven years—four for college and three for seminary. Pearl and I spent our first two years of marriage there. And we had our first child while living at Augsburg."

Paul proudly carried on his family's Augsburg legacy as the fifth member of his immediate family to attend the college and recalls his time there as "some of the happiest years of my life." After receiving a bachelor's in theology from Augsburg Seminary, Paul entered full-time ministry. He subsequently obtained his Master of Theology from Luther Theological Seminary.

Over the last 50 years, Augsburg has continued to hold a special place in Paul and Pearl's hearts. As a way to say thank you, Paul serves on his 50-year reunion committee, and the couple make an annual gift to the Augsburg Fund.

The Almquists have a strong belief in the vision of the Augsburg Center for Faith and Learning, to "be internationally recognized for its distinctive educational excellence as a college with a calling." Paul continues, "to hold those two themes together: on the one hand, a strong academic presence and on the other hand, a strong opportunity for a development of faith is something that doesn't always happen at some colleges. And I want to do what we can to make sure this is a continuing theme at Augsburg."

In support of their convictions, Paul and Pearl have included a gift directed to the Bernhard Christensen Endowment in their will. This endowment will fund the chair of the Center for Faith and Learning, "which will provide intellectual and spiritual leadership to the Center's work." Also, Paul has participated on the Bernhard Christensen Endowment committee and the Center for Faith and Learning advisory committee, which helped identify other individuals interested in maintaining and strengthening the college's Christian foundation.

In addition to donating financial resources, Paul helps Augsburg live out its vocation of serving its neighbors by visiting pastors in the community and finding out how Augsburg might help them. "So often people think of support as a one-way street," Paul says. "This is an opportunity to emphasize that the college is in support of the community as well."

You can confidentially prepare a customized gift plan like Paul and Pearl's bequest by contacting Augsburg. Some plans provide annual income during your lifetime and others offer tax advantages. All of them offer a great sense of satisfaction that you have supported and encouraged Augsburg in educating students to live at the intersections of faith, learning and service. Contact Amy Alkire at 612-330-1188 or to find out about opportunities such as endowed scholarship funds, unrestricted endowments and many more.

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the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

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