Diane Leshefsky Troderman ’63

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Philanthropist and volunteer

Wheaton College honorary degree recipient, 2013

Board member of Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and Harvard Divinity School’s Women’s Leadership Institute

Married to Harold Grinspoon for 32 years; between them they have six children and 11 grandchildren

“At my 50th Reunion, when I received an honorary doctorate, I told the graduates that taking the time to think about one’s legacy is a wake-up call to examine how one lives. I am constantly thinking about the Jewish values that have shaped my life. One is tikkun olam (repair of the world) and the other is tzeddakah, a concept that combines charity, righteousness and justice. Infused in both of these values is the mandate to give back. We all want to live a good life. Giving back makes it a great life. As a volunteer, philanthropist and leader in the Jewish education field, I give back because I want to help those in need as an expression of where I came from. Wheaton opened me up to new ways of seeing the world. I’m indebted to the college, not only for the education I received but also for the friendships formed. I am thrilled to include Wheaton in my estate plans to help ensure the impact the college will continue to have through the generations to come. In a very real sense, we are stewarding the future, reaffirming our commitment to make a difference where it counts.”