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Mary Stoner

“My gift is one among thousands” –Mary Stoner, Chicago, Illinois

Portrait of Mary Stoner in chairMary Stoner of Chicago, Illinois has been contributing to Landmark College annually since 1987. Mary gives because she believes in the importance of accessible higher education. She has three sons, one nearby in Chicago and the other two in California. Mary’s interests have included traveling and avidly reading “anything she could get her hands on.” Now she enjoys quiet days in her North Side home.

“Back in the 1980’s, I read a full-page ad about Landmark College in the Chicago Tribune,” she explained. “I said to my husband, this looks like a wonderful school. They help people learn in a different way.” Her husband agreed, and together they began a tradition of supporting the College. Since then, Mary has contributed to Landmark College every year, and she is in the top 20 longest running donors.

“I like to think of my gift as one among thousands,” said Mary who also supports a dozen other institutions, including Northwestern University where she is an alumna. When asked what message she would share with would-be contributors, Mary said, “Give where you attended. Give where you feel a connection. Higher education is so expensive and every bit helps.” 

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