A Sure Thing
San Jose State Professor Emeritus Robert Loewer and wife Ada left their snow shovels and galoshes in their native Buffalo, New York, banking on California's certain sunshine. That was nearly 50 years ago. Now they're betting on San Jose State.
"Almost everyone can find a few dollars to invest in a sure thing," says Robert of San Jose State's charitable gift annuity program. "We get far more than we give."
The Loewers say the tax advantages and annual income from their charitable gift annuities are great. Being able to support San Jose State through the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is an added bonus. Robert fondly remembers the fun he had during his 29 years teaching in the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business, and Ada thinks the library is a wonderful facility.
"The premise of a joint venture between the university and the city is very interesting," says Ada, a craft-maker who enjoys the art throughout the library. "King Library has so much to offer, regardless of your age or interests."
The Loewers' many interests have taken them far, but the couple always returns to San Jose. Since retiring in 1990, there's been time for floating in hot air balloons over Utah, strolling beside Texans along San Antonio's River Walk, and learning to cook up New Orleans-style Cajun and Creole delights. But most Fridays amid the crunch-crunch of popcorn and dancing lights of the big screen the Loewers can be found having "date night" at Camera Cinemas in downtown San Jose. Catching up with San Jose State friends in the emeriti faculty group on trips—like the recent one to the California Academy of Sciences—or at the Heritage Society luncheons is a sure bet, too.
"San Jose State has given us plenty of memories and provided us with a multitude of friends among the faculty, staff and students," says Robert. "It has always seemed like a second home to us."