Aggie Parents Forever
By Cari DuBois-Wright
“Once an Aggie parent, always an Aggie parent.” As this academic year comes to an end, I’d like to recognize and thank all the UC Davis parents who keep on giving even after their own student has graduated and moved on.
Fred and Carolyn Redeker are wonderful examples of enduring Aggie parent generosity. Their son Dan graduated with a B.S. in chemical engineering last spring. This fall he’s off to pursue a Ph.D. at Columbia University. He hasn’t been on campus since March 2020 due to COVID-19. But Fred and Carolyn offered a $5,000 challenge gift to support the ASUCD Student Pantry during last month’s record-breaking Give Day.
“Students should not be food insecure while pursuing their education, which is a hard enough thing to do,” said Fred.
The Pantry is not the Redekers’ only area of support on campus. They’ve also given to the College of Engineering and the School of Medicine.
The Redekers remain grateful for the excellent education that prepared their son for a demanding Ivy League graduate program. Dan, who lives with his family in the Bay Area, had wanted to experience life on the East Coast, and UC Davis helped him achieve that dream.
“We want to see everyone have the opportunity to pursue their education and their dreams,” said Fred. “I hope in some small way we can help that.”
Even though Dan has moved on, the Redekers remain steadfast in their support for UC Davis.
“We’ve always thought that UC Davis does a great job preparing its students to meet the challenges of the present and future,” said Carolyn. “Now more than ever, we need to invest in the research, teaching, and service programs that empower UC Davis to make the world a better, healthier place.”
For more information about how parent giving makes a difference in students’ lives, contact Cari DuBois-Wright, Associate Director of Development in Parent Giving, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-388-3605. You can visit our Parents Fund website here as well as learn more about our Family Fellows.