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Leaving a Legacy: Peggy Aagesen Rouh ’73

Peggy Aagesen Rouh ’73 chose Lake Forest College for its intimate environment and the opportunities it would offer her as a student.

Rouh majored in French, and picked up a minor in art history after studying abroad in Greece.

“I came out of Lake Forest College well-educated and, coming from a liberal arts school, I knew there was a myriad of opportunities available to me. My experiences at the College set me up for a wonderful 30-year career at IBM, and now I teach at a university,” she said.

Rouh’s gratitude for the successful foundation Lake Forest College helped her create is what motivates her to remain actively involved with the College today. One of the ways in which Peggy gives back to the College is through a fund that she established for the maintenance of her favorite dormitory, Lois Hall.

“I loved living in Lois! I want to make sure that I can provide a legacy and preserve my favorite places on campus,” she said.

Peggy has also included the College in her estate plans, so that along with the giving she currently does, a percentage of her estate will continue to preserve the legacy she has created.

“Lake Forest College has given me a plethora of experiences and has helped me establish a wonderful career…I want to make sure it can continue to do that for others,” she said. “That’s why it’s important to get in the habit of giving back.People need to remember what they loved about the College and make sure they do their part to preserve it.”