Kadel Society

The Kadel Society was named after Eckerd College’s founding president, William H. Kadel, in honor of his legacy of innovation and excellence at this special place.

This recognition society honors the outstanding group of friends who have made a provision for the College through their estate plans. These enduring gifts help to ensure that future generations of students will benefit from the Eckerd College educational experience.

William H. Kadel in front of Florida Presbyterian College sign

If you have already included Eckerd College in your estate plans, you can join the Kadel Society by simply sharing those intentions with us. By allowing Eckerd to include your name with the many alumni, parents, friends, faculty and staff who have made similar gift arrangements, you affirm the importance of planning for the College’s future and inspire others to follow your example.

We would enjoy the opportunity to thank you and welcome you into this special group.

Kadel Society Spotlight: November 26, 2019

Ingrid Bredenberg ’70 and Lynda Stevenson Hergenrather ’70


Although Ingrid Bredenberg ’70 and Lynda Stevenson Hergenrather ’70 entered their first year together in the fall of 1966, their experiences while at Florida Presbyterian College (FPC) differed greatly. Lynda, who studied Spanish, was mentored by Professors Bill Waters and Pedro Trakas, and her activities outside of the classroom were committed to the FPC Concert Choir and Sandpipers. After graduation, she led a successful career as a software developer and data analyst, and recently celebrated the 40th Anniversary of her ordination in the Episcopal Church, where she currently serves in the Diocese of Southwest Florida.

Ingrid, a self-professed professor’s kid and comparative literature major, took advantage of the opportunity to study abroad in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan under Professors DeGroot and Chang. Her interests on campus included involvement in Logos and theatre. After graduation, she was a freelance graphic artist and worked in the arts at Eckerd College and in the St. Petersburg community. She currently has her own firm, Bredenberg Associates, where she works as a strategic leadership coach and team facilitator.

While their experiences and career paths were different, Lynda and Ingrid both agree that the College helped change their lives and shape their careers. They learned to think critically and analytically while at FPC. In addition, through the mentoring and relationships with professors, they were instilled with the curiosity and compassion to live, learn and work together as humans for the greater good of our communities and, ultimately, the world.

As members of the Class of 1970, Ingrid and Lynda have been loyal annual “Eckerd Givers” to the Eckerd Fund. In honor of their 50th Reunion, both have made provisions in their estate plans to provide support to Eckerd’s endowment for future scholarship funds. They believe in “paying it forward” by giving back to the college that played such a big role in their lives. Lynda’s inspiration for giving back is a biblical passage: “Much is expected of those to whom much is given.”

Leaving a legacy through a bequest makes Ingrid and Lynda feel good knowing they will help future students. Also, as members of their 50th Reunion Committee, they are pleased that their documented bequests will count toward their Class Gift and the Endowment Challenge (explained farther below).

Ingrid and Lynda are serving on their Class of 1970 50th Reunion Committee and encourage all members of their class and other Golden Tritons to attend Reunion Weekend, March 5–8, 2020.

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Diagnosed with polio at age 11, Sue Vastine ’64 never let anything keep her from achieving her dreams. She picked Eckerd College, then Florida Presbyterian College (FPC), over the University of Illinois because of the warm recruitment of founding director of admissions Dr. Tom West and a campus that seemed much more navigable than the sprawling one in Illinois. She liked the feel of the campus and the friendliness of everyone she met. It felt right, and with an academic scholarship on the table, Sue was able to attend her first-choice college.

At FPC, she took advantage of every opportunity she could—from her “first dance” at the annual Christmas formal with classmate Dick Roth to a study abroad trip her senior year in London. FPC challenged her, and through the nurturing encouragement of her faculty advisor, Dr. Everett H. Emerson, she chose a career as a librarian. She attended Emory University for graduate school and was hired in 1965 to begin her career at the USF library. While at USF, she met the love of her life, Jim Vastine, whom she married and started a family with.

A member of the original Fiddler Crabs, a name affectionately given to the first group of students that attended Florida Presbyterian College, Sue has been an Eckerd Giver every year to the Annual Fund (aka the Eckerd Fund). In 2008, she financed an endowed scholarship that benefits students with physical disabilities. Now, through a provision made in her estate plans, she will provide support to other female students who may be in a similar situation to hers when she first started college—overcoming the financial obstacle to obtain an Eckerd degree. Leaving a legacy through a bequest makes Sue feel good, helping students, just like her, reach their undergraduate goals.

Sue in wheelchair, at home
Sue in wheelchair, black and white photo

Ways to Give


A bequest is one of the most popular ways to make a gift. Through a provision in your will, you can provide significant support for the College. Your bequest can be a means to perpetuate the giving level at which you have provided during your lifetime. If you haven’t yet made an outright gift, a bequest can enable you to leave a legacy that will assist the College in the future.

There are several types of bequests:

  • Specific Bequest
    Designate the College to receive a specific amount of your estate.
  • Percentage Bequest
    Designate the College to receive a percentage of money, securities or property from your estate.
  • Residual Bequest
    The residual of your estate, after all specific bequests have been fulfilled, can be designated for the College.
  • Life Insurance Policy
    Name the College as a beneficiary of an existing paid-up whole life policy.
  • Gift of Retirement Plan
    Avoid taxation by naming the College as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k), 403(b) or other plan.

The College also can be the contingent beneficiary if your named individual beneficiaries don’t survive you.

If you already have a will, it can be modified easily by adding a codicil. A bequest in your will allows you to pass any amount you wish to the College free of estate tax.

IRA Rollover

If you are 70½ or older, up to $100,000 of your IRA minimum distribution requirement may be satisfied by a qualified charitable distribution (QCD). If you are eligible for this opportunity, please contact your IRA custodian. Transfers must be made each year before the December 31 deadline.

Charitable Gift Annuity

A Charitable Gift Annuity enables you to make a meaningful gift to Eckerd College while enjoying income and tax benefits. In exchange for your gift of cash or securities, you—and if desired, another beneficiary—will receive a fixed sum each year for life. A gift annuity is particularly attractive because the rates, based on your age, typically produce higher income than the yields from investments in the stock and bond markets. The suggested minimum contribution is $10,000.

Benefits of Charitable Gift Annuity:

  • Part of your income may be tax-free.
  • You will receive an immediate income tax charitable deduction.
  • You may reduce your estate tax.
  • A gift made with low-yielding tax assets may increase your current income.
  • A gift made with appreciated assets may avoid capital gains taxes.
  • You will enjoy the satisfaction of supporting Eckerd College.

Charitable Remainder Trust

The Charitable Remainder Trust is an ideal vehicle for making a lifetime gift to Eckerd College. To create such a trust, you transfer cash, securities or real estate to the trust. The trust then pays you and/or other beneficiaries an income for life or for a period of years. Upon termination of the trust, the assets pass to the College. The suggested minimum contribution is $100,000.

There are two types of Charitable Remainder Trusts:

  • Annuity Trust—offers a fixed-amount payout each year.
  • Unitrust—pays out a fixed percentage of the value of the trust assets, which are figured annually.
Choosing a plan
The best plan for you is the one that balances what you wish to accomplish for yourself, your family and for Eckerd College.
Gift Documentation
Please let us know if you have included Eckerd College in your estate plans, so we may know how to fulfill your gift once it ultimately comes to Eckerd. Complete a confidential Deferred Gift Intention Notification Form, and please contact Tom Schneider, associate vice president for development, at schneite@eckerd.edu.
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For more information on gift planning or assistance in making Eckerd College a part of your estate plans, please contact Tom Schneider, associate vice president for development, at 727.864.8409 or schneite@eckerd.edu.

Kadel Society Members

  • Mr. Payton F. Adams
  • Mr. James T. Anderton Jr. ’70
  • Ms. Regina Perkowski-Anderton
  • Dr. Thomas J. Bacon ’66
  • Ms. Elizabeth A. Baergen ’72
  • Ms. Virginia A. Baxter
  • Ms. Jan Bender
  • Mrs. Katherine T. Berger ’73
  • Mr. Kenneth W. Berger ’72
  • Mrs. Louise D. Bevan (P ’72)
  • Mrs. Jean P. Boehne
  • Mr. John R. Bonner Sr.
  • Ms. Ingrid A. Bredenberg ’70
  • Mrs. Heather L. Brooks ’98
  • Ms. Lillian E. Bull ’69
  • Mrs. Penelope J. Burns
  • Ms. Jacqueline Calnan
  • Mr. David W. Canter-McMillan ’97
  • Dr. Albert H. Carter ’64
  • Dr. D. B. Carter ’74
  • Dr. Nancy C. Carter
  • Mr. William H. Clements ’16
  • Mr. Miles C. Collier
  • Mr. James F. Conner II ’72
  • Rev. Jean H. Cooley ’68
  • Rev. William G. Cooley ’68
  • Mr. James E. Copeland III ’90
  • Ms. Dana E. Cozad ’69
  • Rev. David B. Cozad ’68
  • Mr. Jeffrey D. Cramer ’69
  • Mr. Roger B. Day ’72
  • Dr. William F. Felice
  • Mr. Robert W. Ferguson ’67
  • Mr. David J. Fischer
  • Mrs. Claire S. Francis ’65
  • Dr. Edmund L. Gallizzi
  • Mr. Millard G. Gamble
  • Ms. Carol L. Gilbert ’00
  • Mr. Seth D. Hagler ’07
  • Royce G. Haiman
  • Mr. Andrew D. Haines ’86
  • Mr. Robert R. Hale ’73
  • Dr. Ilda L. Hall
  • Dr. Richard R. Hallin
  • Mr. Ronald L. Haskell ’74
  • Ms. Denise J. Hawks ’95
  • Mrs. Jean H. Heare
  • Mr. David W. Henderson
  • Rev. Lynda S. Hergenrather ’70
  • Dr. D. A. Hill ’86
  • Rev. Jennifer N. Hill ’98
  • Mr. Andrew H. Hines Jr.
  • Mr. Walter W. Hofheinz ’75
  • Mrs. Hazel C. Hough (P ’76)
  • Mr. Harold D. Holder Sr. (P ’89)
  • Mrs. Carolyn R. Horton ’64
  • Mrs. Marika Hull
  • Mr. Ronald W. Hyatt ’97
  • Mr. Clyde L. Irwin
  • Ms. Christine A. Jackson ’16
  • Mrs. Carolyn K. Johnson ’71
  • Dr. Patricia A. Johnson ’67
  • Mr. Robert Johnson ’71
  • Ms. Angela R. Jones ’12 (P ’14)
  • Mrs. Karen Kadel ’69
  • Mr. Richard (Dick) Kadel ’69
  • Dr. Stephanie J. Kadel Taras ’89
  • Mrs. Laura Keane ’83
  • Ms. Ami Keslov
  • Dr. John G. Khosh
  • Dr. Mary S. Khosh
  • Ms. Wanda Kilgore-Schneider
  • Dr. Susan S. Kilham ’65
  • Mr. A. Dale Lappe
  • Dr. Hansel B. Leavengood ’79
  • Mr. Peter M. Lukehart ’77
  • Ms. Wendy B. Lukehart
  • Dr. James R. Maar ’65
  • Dr. Charles A. MacNeill Jr. ’68
  • Mrs. Gale MacNeill ’68
  • Col. Christian L. March Jr.
  • Ms. Janet E. McBride
  • Dr. Joan McCall ’69
  • Mrs. Eileen B. McCarron ’73
  • Dr. William O. McCarron
  • Dr. Jack M. McGuire ’67
  • Mrs. Sharon K. McGuire ’68
  • Ms. Joyce A. McKibben ’71
  • Ms. Melanie Meyer ’08
  • Mr. Gregory T. Mino ’93
  • Dr. George C. Moench
  • Dr. James D. Moore Jr. ’68
  • Mr. John M. Nabers
  • Dr. Darryl B. Neill ’67
  • Mrs. Suzanne S. Neill ’67
  • Mrs. Dusty M. Netterstrom ’87
  • Mr. Helmar E. Nielsen
  • Ms. Signe Oberhofer
  • Dr. Tom Oberhofer
  • Mr. George W. Off
  • Mr. Erik C. Oliver ’03
  • Mr. Brandon K. O’Shea ’08
  • Mr. Andrew J. Oswald ’06
  • Dr. William H. Parsons
  • Dr. Jane A. Petro ’68
  • Ms. Laila Petrou ’76
  • The Honorable John B. Phelps III ’65
  • Mr. Harry T. Price II ’65
  • Dr. Marian W. Price ’65
  • Mr. Charles R. Ranson ’69
  • Dr. Sheryl S. Ranson
  • Mrs. Eva M. Raftelis
  • Mr. George A. Raftelis ’69
  • Mr. John A. Reed Jr.
  • Ms. Renee Register ’83
  • Mrs. Jean C. Ring ’66
  • Mr. Phares N. Risser III
  • Dr. Albert A. Robbert III ’66
  • Mrs. Birgit V. Robbert ’69
  • Mr. James M. Rogers II ’73
  • Mrs. Patricia R. Rogers ’73
  • Ms. Priscilla A. Rogers ’71
  • Mr. John R. Saunders ’71
  • Dr. Mary J. Schenck ’66
  • Mr. Thomas E. Schneider
  • Jack H. Senterfitt ’68
  • Patricia M. Senterfitt ’68
  • Mrs. Bonnie J. Shuman ’70
  • Dr. Thom M. Shuman ’68
  • Mrs. Deedie M. Simmons
  • Rev. John R. Sims ’66
  • Mrs. Mirella C. Smith
  • Mr. Norman R. Smith
  • Mr. Walter O. Spencer
  • Mr. James M. Stamps ’73
  • Dr. Charles M. Stripling III ’68
  • Mrs. Patricia H. Stripling ’68
  • Dr. James G. Sweeny ’65
  • Mr. Benjamin B. Swift ’85
  • Dr. Gary W. Tapp ’69
  • Mrs. Robena M. Tapp ’69
  • Ms. Karen M. Torrisi ’85
  • Dr. Llewellyn M. Toulmin ’71
  • Mr. Robert J. Tuite
  • Mr. Jesse A. Turtle ’91
  • Mrs. Susan M. Vastine ’64
  • Ms. Sally A. Von Kaenel ’68
  • Mrs. Martha Rudy Wallace
  • Ms. Rosalie Weaver
  • Mr. Thomas H. Webster ’04
  • Dr. Beverly F. Whiddon ’67
  • Mr. David L. Wilt ’69
  • Ms. Norma A. Winston
  • Dr. William E. Winston
  • Dr. Barbara E. Withers ’68
  • Mrs. Jean Giles Wittner
  • Ms. Mary E. Wood-Andersen ’88
  • Mrs. Amy L. Woodruff ’86
  • Mr. Grover C. Wrenn ’64
  • Mrs. Suzie Wrenn

History of William H. Kadel (1913–1990)

In 1955, Dr. William H. Kadel, then pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, participated in a brainstorming meeting to discuss the possibility of a church-related college in Florida. Theirs would not be just another college, but a distinguished liberal arts college that would be a leader among higher education institutions. Their desire to be the best drew the attention of the Church, the community, prospective faculty and students, and many in academia. A campus was planned with Florida’s natural beauty in mind.

In the summer of 1958, Kadel accepted the call to become the founding president of Florida Presbyterian College, later named Eckerd College.

Kadel knew this new college would require a high degree of vision and creativity and must capture the imagination of not only Florida but the American public as well. He believed if it was worth doing at all, it was worth going first-class—committing to top-tier faculty, an innovative curriculum, selectivity in admissions to ensure superior students, and facilities that would foster this distinctive environment.

Kadel firmly believed that “where there is no vision, the people perish.” He believed in what he was doing; he had a passion for it and the ability to generate excitement and inspire others to support that vision.

William Kadel made a tremendous impact on Eckerd College as executive, administrator, counselor and spiritual leader. His legacy lives on in the life of the College today.