The Florida State University created the James D. Westcott Legacy Society in honor and memory of James D. Westcott, whose 1887 estate gift funded The Florida State University's first major endowment.
Upon his death, Judge Westcott bequeathed the bulk of his estate—valued at approximately $100,000 in 1936—in trust for the benefit of the West Florida Seminary. With this legacy, Westcott became the first donor and benefactor of the institution now known as The Florida State University. In 1911, Florida State President Edward Conradi announced the campus Administration Building would be called the "James D. Westcott Jr. Memorial Building."
Members of the James D. Westcott Legacy Society have designated The Florida State University as a beneficiary in their estate plans. The Westcott Legacy Society is a tribute to the visionary James D. Westcott and to all generations of FSU benefactors who embrace his vision and share his high ideals.
As a Westcott Legacy Society member, you will be invited to our yearly celebration involving distinguished speakers, music and cultural displays. Members will also receive invitations to complimentary informational seminars on estate and financial planning, and other special events for donors to Florida State University. In addition, you will be recognized for your philanthropic investment in Florida State's students, faculty members and programs through our online honor roll of donors, serving as an inspiration to others.
As a member of the Westcott Legacy Society, you have joined a special group of alumni and friends. Whether it was through a charitable bequest, gift annuity, insurance policy or some other form of planned gift, members of the Westcott Legacy Society have created a lasting legacy of support for students, faculty, research and programs. Your planned gift creates tremendous opportunities and allows Florida State to transform lives—at the university and beyond.
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