A Lifelong Terp Gives Back

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Linda Roth ’84

“The University of Maryland is just who I am, from the time I was born,” reflects Founders Legacy Circle member Linda Roth, “[my family] bleeds red and white.”

When asked to describe their time at UMD, many alumni donors start with the nervous excitement of freshman year, then the bittersweet goodbyes of graduation day, and then continue with their experiences as an alumnus—but Linda’s recollections start much earlier.

Growing up in College Park just a stone’s throw from campus created an early connection, solidified by her mother, Sherri Roth’s, long career in the Office of Records and Registration and later in the office of Chancellor William E. Kirwan.

Linda, as well as her two of her three siblings, earned their undergraduate degrees at UMCP. All three of her siblings’ spouses are UMCP grads, and her brother returned for his MBA. A one-family alumni association in and of themselves, the Roths are also enthusiastic sports fans and were longtime season ticket holders for basketball and football.

During Linda's undergraduate years, while studying mass communications, she was also deeply involved in her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta—where she made lifelong friendships. She worked as a student-worker in the registrar’s office and was a waitress at Bentley's.

Postgraduation, Linda served in the alumni relations office during the construction and completion of the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. Linda was part of the lucky first group of staff members to occupy the newly completed building.

She has had the unique opportunity to see the huge changes that have taken place here over the past three decades. Linda has given annual gifts to support the Riggs Center for many years, but it was her desire to create a personal legacy and support the future of the institution that led her to name the University as beneficiary of her life insurance policy. A savvy donor, Linda decided to direct this future gift to two purposes: two-thirds will go to Riggs Alumni Center, a space she feels a special connection to; and one-third will be unrestricted, available for Maryland’s greatest need.

“Leaving a legacy is important and is part of my next step as a donor and as an alumna. [Through a planned gift] I am able to give a large gift, to do more and give more down the road.”

If you are interested in making a planned gift, Linda’s advice to you is to learn about the different options by talking to the planned giving staff and your personal financial advisor. There are many ways to make a planned gift. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the planned giving team to help you determine what will work best for you.

 

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