Patricia Grilione Creates an Endowment for Science
Patricia Grilione, a third generation native of Fresno County received her baccalaureate and master's degrees in biology at Fresno State College. She earned her doctorate degree in Microbiology at University of California, Davis, in 1966. In 1966, when the job market for new Ph.D.'s was grim and Grilione wished to return to the CSU system, she obtained a two-year position as a temporary, full-time assistant professor at San Jose State. That began her 36-year teaching and research career at SJSU.
Grilione's specialty, microbiology with an ecology emphasis, permitted her to combine fieldwork with laboratory studies. The field aspect was important as Grilione loved the outdoors. Her favorite retreat was hiking the high Sierra peaks. Today, she is an avid cyclist and rose gardener.
Grilione has created an endowment at SJSU in memory of her parents, and will add to it, after she's gone, through her estate plan. The endowment has two purposes:
First, to support activities in the Biological Sciences Department not funded by the State of California and that are beneficial to all biology faculty, staff and students.
Second, the endowment honors Grilione's parents, Peter and Edna. Both were young adults during the Great Depression and could not afford college. Peter had an eighth grade education and Edna completed high school. They made sure their only child, Grilione, got a college education. The endowment is Grilione's way to express her gratitude and honor her parents for all they did. She thinks of it as "vicariously sending her parents through college."
Grilione encourages fellow SJSU supporters to establish an endowment and/or a bequest and share in the joy that she has had in giving back to SJSU.
For more information on how to set-up an endowment or leave a gift to SJSU in your estate plan, contact Office of Planned Giving at 408-924-1473 or firstname.lastname@example.org.