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The Legacy

A Policy That Provides

By Ashley Wagner '18

Office of Gift Planning Student Worker

A calling to help others and a search for deeper meaning led Beth Nauert ’79 to change her career path, find her purpose and invest in others.

Beth Nauert '79 is giving back to the College of Medicine through a planned gift of life insurance.

After a semester-long stint studying microbiology at Texas Tech University, Nauert transferred to Texas A&M University and found herself drawn to the people and stories behind the lab tests she ran as a student in the medical technology laboratory.  

“I constantly wondered about the patients behind my work,” Nauert said. “I wanted to know what happened to them and what their lab tests meant to them; I wanted to know their stories.”

Rather than work behind-the-scenes, Nauert felt called to work front and center, as a doctor. She applied to a program in the College of Medicine at the Texas A&M Health Science Center and was accepted into its 32-person charter class. She earned her bachelor’s degree and medical degree in six years.

When the Rapport Society Dean’s Leadership Council was created in 2009 to support the College of Medicine and its students, Nauert jumped at the opportunity to get involved. Through an advisory role and initiatives including philanthropic support, the Rapport Society assists the dean in meeting the vision and mission of the College of Medicine.

Inspired by her responsibility as a council member, Nauert established a planned gift through the Texas A&M Foundation that will provide scholarships to students pursuing their degrees from the College of Medicine. “The college’s charter class is a close-knit group that strongly supports the college, and I’m happy to help,” she said. “Now that my children are grown, changing the policy beneficiary on my existing life insurance policy was an easy way to give back.”

Contact:

Glenn Pittsford '72

Vice President for Gift Planning
Office of Gift Planning