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An Element of Strategy

  Brian Kennedy founded the first men's lacrosse club, pictured above, in 1978.


Two-time alumnus is one of 17 in the past month to include Catholic University in estate plans

The Division of University Advancement has been celebrating a record-breaking number of newly planned commitments. In the past month, 17 people have been in touch to let the Division of University Advancement know that they have included Catholic University in their estate plans.

Alumnus Brian Kennedy, B.A. 1983, and J.D. 1992, is one of those donors. All 17 have become members of the St. Thomas Aquinas Society, a group of benefactors who have chosen to support Catholic University with a planned gift.

During his undergraduate years, Kennedy founded the Catholic University’s men’s lacrosse club. In 1978, with some help from the student government and a few dedicated friends, he built a 23-man roster into a fully equipped squad. Practice scrimmages turned a ragtag group of walk-ons into a functioning unit. The club has since been converted to varsity status and now competes at the NCAA Division III level.

“One of the things I am most proud of from my time at Catholic University is having started the team,” Kennedy said. “And one of my most favorite memories of Catholic University is of the team’s very first win over the Waldorf lacrosse club of Maryland. That moment was great. We had such a blast.”

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in politics and economics, Kennedy earned his law degree from the Columbus School of Law and now works in trusts and investments. Planned giving is one element of strategy that allows everyone to offer substantial support to institutions that are a big part of their lives, according to Kennedy.

“Life is fiscally challenging. For many of us, it can be challenging to think about making a ‘big check’ happen,” he said. “A legacy gift like mine means that over time I will be able to make a generous contribution to Catholic University. It increases the dimension of my gift. It means I can leave a legacy and take care of myself and my family too.”

Giving is a very personal act — one of the most meaningful acts a person can make. Kennedy gives because he wants to afford students the same experiences that shaped him as a student.

Alumni lacrosse players get together for a game.

“For me, the reward is that I can come back to campus 20 or 30 years later and see new undergraduates who are having the same opportunity I had. They have a chance to play lacrosse and to create the same powerful, lifelong relationships.”

You can find more information about planned giving online or by contacting Isabel de la Puente, director of planned giving, at 202-319-6914 or