Substantial Bequest Will Benefit Boys Republic YouthOct 15, 2015 -
Donor Ruth Shepherd valued programs that prepared students for responsible adulthood.
La Jolla resident Ruth Shepherd met a Boys Republic graduate who was working there in a store. So impressed was she with the young man that she decided to support his alma mater. That was 1979; she remained a frequent contributor to Boys Republic until her death in 1993.
Mrs. Shepherd gave to a variety of projects; she particularly valued programs — aftercare and vocational — that prepared students for life on their own.
She and her late husband, architect Thomas Shepherd, had extensive commercial property holdings in the La Jolla area. These and other investments funded the Thomas Shepherd and Ruth Shepherd Trusts, which benefited her son, Gardner Marston, until his death in 2011.
As a remainder beneficiary of the trusts, Boys Republic received a bequest in the amount $3.9 million, the single largest in the agency’s history. By Board of Directors policy, all bequest gifts are placed in Boys Republic’s endowment fund where they will benefit disadvantaged youth in perpetuity.