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Honoring the financial and intellectual support they received as Lycoming College students is

important to Harriet (Hooven) ’69 and Mel Fleming ’68, who met as college students and married in 1968.

That is why they have named Lycoming College as beneficiary of portions of their IRAs.

Both majored in mathematics — a solid foundation that propelled them into successful careers. Mel

pursued a 27-year career with the FBI that took him all over the country, while Harriet, who entered the

workforce after raising their three children, quickly rose in the ranks at a local bank to become a branch


As recipients of financial support while at Lycoming, they know first-hand the

financial travails of students who come from modest means.

“My wrestling coach, Budd Whitehill, helped me navigate the financial aid

system to offset much of my costs, leaving only about a third of the bill to be

paid with loans,” Mel said. “For that I am very grateful.” Harriet was in a similar

financial situation with student loans. “As we began to plan for our lives together

after college, we had few belongings and significant debts,” she said.

Reflecting on their time at Lycoming, the Flemings know it was an ideal school

for them.

“My advisor, Professor Frances Skeath, opened my eyes to what a liberal arts

education really meant,” said Harriet. “At her suggestion I took several classes

outside of my major, including a music appreciation class, which I loved. I

recall driving my roommates crazy by listening to assigned pieces over

and over again in our room.”

Mel agrees Lycoming was special. “Our professors knew our

names and the smaller classes enabled us to get engaged,”

he said. He recalled one of his first experiences with

English professor, Jerry Madden, who helped him to

grow academically.

“We feel very blessed for our good fortune and want

to share that with others,” said Mel. “We maintain a

close relationship with friends, fraternity brothers and

their spouses, and we make a point to visit Lycoming,

especially for Alumni and Homecoming events.”

The couple also contributes to the college

through the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity

scholarship, the Budd Whitehill Endowment

and the Lycoming Fund. “It’s very

rewarding to help others have the same

opportunities we’ve had.”

To learn how you too,

can pay it forward,

contact Karen Sheaffer ’74

at 570-321-4311 or

Ask for your copy of the

new “Tower Society Guide

to Charitable Planning”.