To acknowledge Salem’s alumnae and friends who have included the Academy and College in their estate planning, the Rondthaler Circle was established in 1980. The Rondthaler Circle allows Salem to recognize the generosity of those who have so thoughtfully provided for Salem and encourages others to consider including Salem in their estate plans.
Rondthaler is a proud name closely entwined with the rich history of Salem Academy and College. Edward Rondthaler was principal of Salem Academy from 1884 to 1888. His son, Howard Edward Rondthaler, was Salem’s twelfth president from 1909 to 1949. His forty years of leadership in times of war, depression, and profound social change helped to guide Salem securely into the future. At the same time he retained those values and traditions which had made a Salem learning experience synonymous with educational excellence in a nurturing environment. His tenure as president equipped this institution to move confidently into the future, just as the support from bequests, life income trusts, and other forms of planned giving equip Salem Academy and College to look ahead with confidence. The naming of this special group of benefactors—the Rondthaler Circle—brings mutual honor to the Rondthaler family and to the members of the Circle, which bears the name. In fact, the first deferred gifts coordinator for Salem Academy and College was Edward Rondthaler, son of Howard Edward Rondthaler. Not only did he and his wife Dorothy make a deferred gift to Salem, but he worked diligently in his efforts to grow the Rondthaler Circle and the legacy of deferred gifts.
There are many who have made provisions for Salem Academy and College in their estate plans, but of which we have no knowledge. If you have included Salem through a planned gift, please contact us and allow us the privilege of acknowledging your generosity and provision for Salem—either personally or anonymously, if you prefer. Inclusion in the Rondthaler Circle can be achieved by completing a Rondthaler Circle survey and allowing us to document your planned gift. We would like the opportunity to thank you and to let you know how much your love of Salem means to each and every one of us.