Gateses established trusts to ensure future success of Sternberg Museum

Claude and Ann Gates continued their legacy of charitable deeds in 1996, each established a $200,000 charitable remainder trust in association with the Fort Hays State University Endowment Association.

A retired farmer from Hill City, Claude Gates named the beneficiaries of his trust that include several Graham County entities, with 30 percent of the trust allotted to the Sternberg Museum of Natural History.

Ann Gates, a retired teacher and farmer, allocated her trusts to similar funds, and 30 percent of her trust was also dedicated to the Sternberg Museum of Natural History.
Their contributions have helped develop the Sternberg Museum of Natural History into a facility worth coming back to time and time again.

Each trust was to be distributed to its appropriate charities upon the death of the trustee. Ann Gates died in 1996; her husband died in 2005. Their deaths marked the start of allocating trust money to designated funds.

The Gateses were married on Dec. 28, 1938, in Oberlin. Together they had one son, Ron, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In setting up their trusts, the Gateses became members of the Lyman Dwight Wooster Society, which honors individuals who arrange gifts to the FHSU Endowment Association through planned giving.

For more information about the Wooster Society, contact Ruth Heffel at the Endowment association toll-free at (888) 628-1060 or

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