Teacher’s Passions Spark Charitable Gift Annuity

Photo of Robert and Lauris Barr
Robert and Lauris Barr

With a lifelong love of reading and a passion for encouraging student growth and learning, it’s no surprise that Lauris Martin Barr ’57 decided to give back to her alma mater with a meaningful gift to Central Michigan University’s library. She says, “I have always loved reading. As a child I would go with my family into town on Saturday night. One of our stops was the library, where we chose our books for the next week.”

Lauris was the third oldest of ten children in her family. She attended Central Michigan University in 1953 and especially enjoyed the library science classes. With financial assistance from a State Board of Education Scholarship, she was able to graduate from CMU in 1957 debt-free! She then went on to receive a master’s degree from Michigan State University.

After graduation, she followed her dreams and embarked on a teaching career at elementary schools in Michigan and Arizona. She says, “CMU gave me the skills necessary to become a teacher, which is something I always wanted to be.”

Currently retired, Lauris and her husband Robert now have two grown children, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. In her spare time she continues to enjoy reading, along with knitting, crocheting, and scrapbooking.

When she received a small inheritance from her parents’ estate, Lauris decided that investing in Central Michigan University through a charitable gift annuity made perfect sense. As with her teaching career, her planned gift to support the CMU Libraries will help students succeed and grow through engaging learning experiences.

Lauris likes knowing that her legacy gift will make a significant difference in the lives of future generations of CMU students.



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