Surgeon’s Gift to CMU Helps His Parents Too

Dr. Greg Housner '83 and Brian
Dorchak '97

Dr. Gregory W. Housner’s parents paid tuition to Central Michigan University while he was an undergraduate taking the first step to become an orthopedic surgeon. Now CMU is paying his parents as a result of the charitable gift annuity he recently established with the school.

Through the gift annuity he has found a more tax-effective way to help his loved ones—and solve one of the top “charitable dilemmas” faced by the philanthropically inclined.

“This gift has a dual purpose,” Greg says. “It fulfilled my need to give, but also the annuity gives back to my parents. It’s nice that they get a check with the CMU letterhead on it. They are wonderful people and the greatest influence on my life.”

Housner-lg-2.jpgGreg graduated in 1983 and then went through 11 more years of medical education. “Now I love to perform surgery to help people,” he says. He has been honored on the list of America’s Top Doctors®.

While at CMU, Greg played football and baseball, winning two conference championships in each sport. He met his wife, Marybeth, while in residency, and they have two daughters, Emma, 16 and Isabel, 12.

Greg thanked CMU’s planned giving staff for suggesting the charitable gift annuity and offered this message to other alumni about why they should support CMU: “This is an impactful institution that needs to stay competitive.”



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