Mike (’76) and Mary Fox (’76)

Mike and Mary Fox

Mike and Mary Fox

Fr. Tony Lehmann, S.J., once said, “What I do is directed by gratitude rather than duty.”

Mike (’76) and Mary (’76) Fox met Fr. Tony as GU students. Although he passed away in 2002, the Foxes cherish their memories of Fr. Tony as everyone who knew him still do.

The Foxes have an appreciation for the Jesuit mission of making the world a better place through its students. As Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., the 28th Superior General of the Society of Jesus, said in 1973 about the goal of Jesuit education, “Our prime objective must be to form men and women for others.” It is this Jesuit philosophy exemplified by Fr. Tony that inspired Mike and Mary’s decision to create an endowed student scholarship through a gift to Gonzaga in their will.

Mary explained, “We appreciate having a Jesuit education and the ability to help make it possible for others as well. People may think it takes a lot of money to have an impact, but it doesn’t. A gift in your will is within the reach of everyone.”

The Foxes believe this is one way for them to be “men and women for others.” It is out of gratitude they are making an investment in the future of Jesuit education, through Gonzaga’s Heritage Society.

“It is,” said Mike, “our place as grateful alumni to ensure the Jesuit philosophy is, as Fr. Tony always said, ‘to be continued.’”