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Stewarding a Legacy: Involvement, Investment and Impact

Thomas Guyette '68 is a man of action, stepping up to fill a need when he sees it. Tom and his wife, Carole, created the Guyette Family Scholarship for business students. Tom also designated the UW Oshkosh Foundation as a recipient of a percentage of an IRA for unrestricted endowment. He is entrusting the decision of how to use his estate gift to future leaders to meet the changing needs of the University.
Stewarding a Legacy: Involvement, Investment and Impact

When asked what message he would like to communicate through his legacy gift, Tom's response was simple: "Give Back. Try to do some good in this world."

A native of Fond du Lac, Tom Guyette made the practical decision to attend UW Oshkosh because it was affordable and close to home. He paid for his own education, so these factors were important considerations. With determination and focus, he met his goal to complete his degree in business administration in four years, graduating in 1968.

Tom and his wife Carole, a 1968 alumna of UW Oshkosh, made Green Bay their home along with their children Robert, Brannon, Amy and Joseph. Tom, a man of action, steps up to fill a need when he sees it and the reach of his efforts span the globe. He has served as president of the Neville Public Museum and treasurer of both the Notre Dame Academy Board of Education and the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the finance committee of St. Norbert Parish in De Pere.

Now retired, Tom was a financial advisor and manager with Merrill Lynch for 38 years. He managed the Merrill Lynch office in Green Bay for nearly 20 years, and grew the office to 25 individuals while fostering a culture of excellence and integrity. Tom was a partner with his son, Brannon, in the Guyette Financial Group for many years.

Tom served as Chairman of the Merrill Lynch Grand Gala, raising over $600,000 in six years for various charities and organizations within the Green Bay community. For his distinctive service, he received the Merrill Lynch Lifetime Community Achievement Award in 2002.

Tom has devoted countless hours to Rotary International as a member and past president of the Downtown Rotary Club of Green Bay. He serves as District 6220 Rotary Foundation Chair and their grants impact Northeast Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, and as far away far away as Uganda, Kenya, India and the Sudan. In 2012, Tom spent two weeks in India immunizing children against polio and helping build a dam as part of Rotary International. He enjoyed being able to help people and, after fundraising for many years, finally got to see the money they raised for the Rotary Foundation at work.

Tom's accomplishments and service were recognized by UW Oshkosh in 2008 when he received the College of Business Outstanding Alumni Award. He has been a member of the Alumni Board since 2009 and a member of the Foundation Board since 2013. He is the first graduate to simultaneously serve both boards. He also is a University Studies mentor.

In 2010, together with his wife Carole, they created the Guyette Family Scholarship for business students majoring in finance with an emphasis in investments. The recipients must demonstrate character, scholastic ability and leadership. Preference is given to students who volunteer outside of University related activities, mirroring the Guyette's belief that students who volunteer for community service will be active in their communities after they graduate.

When planning their estate, Tom and Carole identified causes that were important to each of them. Tom designated the UW Oshkosh Foundation as a recipient of a percentage of an IRA for unrestricted endowment. Using an IRA was easy and offers the potential of growth in value and future impact. He is entrusting the decision of how to use his estate gift to future leaders to meet the changing needs of the University. With Tom's generous future gift, he and Carole became charter members of the Rose Legacy Society.

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If you would like more information on how you can make a planned gift supporting UW Oshkosh, please contact the UW Oshkosh Foundation at (920) 424-2178 or plannedgiving@uwosh.edu.

by Smith, Rebecca last modified Oct 03, 2017 10:47 AM

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