Mr. Robert E. Vanden Bosch Class of 1954: A Man for Others

Q: What is your connection to Saint Ignatius College Prep?

A: I am a graduate of the Class of 1954. My brother Jon is from the Class of 1951. We grew up in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago. We decided to attend Saint Ignatius because of its marvelous academic reputation.

 Q: Why did you want to donate to the school?

A: I am grateful for my Saint Ignatius education. I give back because I want to make sure that the school remains accessible to all.

My affections for Alma Mater run deep. Jon and I had an amazing time at Ignatius.   

While I went on to Georgetown University for an MBA and post graduate work at the University of Virginia, my experience at Ignatius stands out.  Those are great schools. I learned a great deal there. Saint Ignatius, for me is truly my Alma Mater, my Nourishing Mother.  My time at 1076 West Roosevelt Road was formative. It made me the man I am today. I think Jon would say the same thing.  

The difference is that we knew the teachers cared. I’ll never forget Coach Butler. He taught history and was my track coach.

Fr. Grant, SJ was a great principal. The Jesuits at Ignatius took the vows seriously. They were dedicated to helping us achieve and become men for others. Their whole lives were about teaching the students. 

We learned how to study and were encouraged to develop mental discipline at a young age. Discipline was firm and so was the notion that learning should be a life-long process.    

The school was diverse. While there was tension in the community around about race issues, at Saint Ignatius, we were one family. A desire for academic and personal excellence unified us. 

 Q: Why did you want to specifically make a planned gift?

A: I want to leave a legacy so that future students will be able to enjoy a Saint Ignatius College Prep education. The gift from my estate will go towards the endowment. That will help insure that Chicago’s first Jesuit school will be able to fulfill its mission for generations yet to come.

 Q: Why would you encourage others to make planned gifts to Saint Ignatius?

A: Others should consider making a planned gift to Saint Ignatius for the same reason. Ignatius is one of the most outstanding schools in the city. As students we benefited from the generosity of others. As graduates we should repay that debt and make sure others can benefit too. 


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