My philanthropic commitment to Wake Forest has its roots in the example set by my dad, Carlton Adams Sr. ('30, MD '32). His love for Wake Forest was never ending, and he created a scholarship in the Medical School with the proceeds from the sale of Reynolds Tobacco stock. His decision to give back to Wake Forest in a very tangible way, creating the Adams Family Scholarship, had a profound impression on me. It inspired me to make a gift that would benefit future generations of Wake Foresters.
Keeping the example of my dad in my mind, I have always tried to be an annual donor to Wake Forest. Sharing our personal resources with others is so very gratifying. I believe that to whom much is given, much is required. Wake Forest gave me the platform to move forward in my life and the tools to give back.
Having embraced Wake Forest on an annual basis, I began to explore ways to make a greater impact. Beth and I decided that directing a significant portion of our estate to the University - and specifically to the two scholarship funds we have established - would be the best way to impact future generations of Wake Foresters.
We have been challenged by Wake Forest in many ways to perpetuate Pro Humanitate. Our planned giving through our estate allows us to know that we are giving back the gift that Wake Forest provided to me upon my graduation in 1968.