Giving from the Heart
William Baer Endictor, known as “Bill” to his friends, is a 1959 graduate of The Citadel and is retired and living in the Atlanta area. A former Georgia Assistant Solicitor and practicing lawyer specializing in trial work, as well as a corporate attorney who advanced to the position of CEO in a Fortune 500 company, Bill has a deep-seated passion for his alma mater—which he gladly shares with anyone who will take the time to listen.
“All of the successes I have had in my life,” Bill says, “can be attributed to two things: first, growing up in my parents’ home and having their love and influence, which was the basis of my value structure, and, second, my time as a cadet at The Citadel, which confirmed those values and launched me into manhood.”
But he also knows that actions speak louder than words, and the action Bill chose was to put his money where his heart is.
Recently, on the occasion of his 50th Class Reunion Campaign, Bill decided to repay The Citadel for those successes in life by naming The Citadel as the beneficiary of his entire estate, one of only a handful of donors who have done this. He has also made the multi-million dollar gift unrestricted, which means it can be used for the greatest needs of The Citadel.
"General Rosa, the Board of Visitors, and the leadership of The Citadel are responsible for running the college and I trust them to make the tough decisions on what is best for my alma mater." Bill said. "I have an affirmative responsibility to help preserve and sustain an institution that has given me so much and I want to help to ensure that The Citadel remains a viable college for many generations after I am gone."
"This transformational unrestricted gift will have an extraordinary impact on the college." said Lt Gen John Rosa, President of The Citadel. "The support Bill has shown is a testament to his devotion to this great institution."
Bill Endictor grew up in Charleston, the son of a downtown retail merchant. While at The Citadel, Bill was a member of the tennis and sailing teams and wrote for The Brigadier newspaper. He attended The Citadel as a pre-med major, but when he started medical school, he realized that was not what he wanted to do. He then applied to the University of South Carolina Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1963.
Prior to making this financial commitment to The Citadel, Bill has always given back with his time and energy. He has served as a member of both the President’s Advisory Committee and The Citadel Foundation Board of Directors, and as a Class Chairman for the Foundation; he is also a Past-President of The Citadel Alumni Association.
"The Citadel Foundation thanks Bill Endictor for his passionate and unselfish support of his school," says Dennis Bergvall, Chief Executive Officer of The Citadel Foundation. "His gift will certainly enrich the lives of cadets for generations. And his example also enriches our institution by building a culture of giving back by providing a tangible means of preserving the Long Gray Line."
"It is our responsibility, having had the advantage of the Citadel experience, to keep it available to future generations of cadets." Bill notes, "Not only do these students need that same experience we enjoyed as cadets, but our country needs it, too. The leaders produced by The Citadel have never been in greater demand in the United States than they are today."
Bill Endictor wanted to make a statement about his relationship with The Citadel. His actions and the size of his commitment speak volumes to this statement. By encouraging his classmates and inspiring future cadets, this gift ensures that his money will always be where his heart is.
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