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Los Alamos Historical Society Honors Legacy Donors

on June 22, 2014 - 3:27pm

Los Alamos Legacy Society members are honored Saturday at a special barbeque picnic at the Hans Bethe House. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Executive Director Heather McClenahan of the Los Alamos Historical Society expresses appreciation to the Legacy Society members and discusses the history of the Hans Bethe House during a tour of the historic residence on Bathtub Row. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Legacy Society members tour the Hans Bethe House Saturday afternoon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Members of the Los Alamos Legacy Society were honored at a special barbeque picnic Saturday at the Hans Bethe House on Bathtub Row.

Executive Director Heather McClenahan of the Los Alamos Historical Society explained that the Los Alamos Legacy Society is comprised of donors dedicated to preserving and communicating the world-changing history of Los Alamos. She thanked the donors who have designated the Los Alamos Historical Society as a beneficiary of their estate plan. 

The Los Alamos Historical Society preserves, promotes and communicates the history and stories of Los Alamos and its people for the local community, global audience and future generations. Membership in the Los Alamos Legacy Society is open to anyone who chooses to designate in writing, the Society as a beneficiary of their estate plan.

Lee D'Anna, a member of the Los Alamos Legacy Society, credits former Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist Beth Plassmann, for her choosing to select the Los Alamos Historical Society as a beneficiary of her estate plan. The Society maintains an endowment, started through a bequest from Plassmann that provides stable funding for staffing, historic building maintenance, publications and educational programs. Only income from is spent; adjusted annually for inflation, remains intact. Plassmann died in 2011.

"Beth and I worked together on some Laboratory projects," D'Anna explained at Saturday's event. "She supported me in my job as group leader of Wage and Salary and especially EEO Officer. We both had sons we called Joey ... when I saw what she had done to support this effort with her bequest to the Society, I felt like she was tapping me on the shoulder again and saying, 'Lee, there is something I want you to do' ... I could not say no to Beth."

Contributions may be made to the endowment by leaving a designated gift in one's will or a residual percentage of one's estate. Individuals also may make the Society a beneficiary of their life insurance policy.

For more information, call 505.662.6272 or e-mail historicalsociety@losalamoshistory.org.

Legacy member Lee D'Anna discusses her reasons for selecting the Los Alamos Historical Society as a beneficiary of her estate plan. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Nancy Bartlit, Karen Brandt and John Bartlit. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Society board members Denny Erickson and his wife Mary Lou, Sharon Snyder, Sharon Stover and Board President Ron Wilkins. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Legacy member Helene Suydam, left, with Laural Conner. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, J. Arthur Freed, Hospitality Committee Chair Katy Korkos, Karen Brandt and Sharon Snyder. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Society Hospitality Committee Chair Katy Korkos, left, and Board member Karen Brandt arrange flowers for Saturday's event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Recently installed in the Hans Bethe House, Society Board of Directors member John Ruminer created this replica of a fireplace screen based on a photograph from the Los Alamos Ranch School days. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

This framed photo of Martha Perkins with a replica of 'Little Boy' in the backyard of her San Diego home now hangs in the living room of the Bethe House on Bathtub Row. Martha Perkins and her husband Clay Perkins are collectors of Manhattan Project artifacts. The couple purchased, paid for restoration and donated the Hans Bethe House at 1350 Bathtub Row to the Los Alamos Historical Society. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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