Webers' Planned Gift Celebrates Cherished Memories of Theology School
For nearly 40 years, Ted Weber taught at Candler School of Theology. For almost 30, his wife Mildred "Mudie" Weber taught across campus at the Glenn School for Young Children. The friendships made in those decades inspired their planned gift.
"No place else has the kind of community that we experienced," says Ted Weber, professor emeritus of social ethics and a retired United Methodist minister. "The School of Theology was our first appointment out of graduate school, and we stayed 39 years, helping move Candler from a good regional seminary to one in which people of major consequence in the theological world have joined our faculty."
"We are confident that under the current leadership, Candler will continue to develop," he says. "We are especially interested in supporting students studying for the ministry."
The Webers' planned gift will fund tuition scholarships for Candler students through the Theology School Fund for Excellence.
"We struggled as students, so anything to make it a little easier for them," says Mudie Weber. "We want Candler to use it where the need is."
At Candler, the Webers found a nurturing place to raise a family as Ted Weber built his career around the teaching and research he most wanted to pursue. The Webers' two children were born at Emory University Hospital, and one attended Oxford College and Candler. Mudie Weber bonded with other faculty spouses.
"A number of us came to Candler within a few years of each other, and we lived fairly close together and raised our children together," Ted Weber says. "We even baptized each other's children. These were friends we had forever, and we dearly miss the ones who have died."
Their planned gift is a charitable gift annuity that benefits them now.
"We had bought stocks that had appreciated in value, which we used to make gifts to organizations that we cherish and want to support," he says. The charitable gift annuity "is beneficial for us because we don't have to pay capital gains tax, and we can count some of it as a charitable contribution on our taxes. It's worked out well for us and Emory."