Education Remains Paramount for Kish
Bridges are in Kathleen Kish's blood. In New Jersey, her birthplace, her father had worked on the fabrication of the bridge that was to span San Francisco Bay. After his transfer to California by U.S. Steel, he capped his career as a wire rope engineer by overseeing the refurbishing of the Golden Gate Bridge. As a child, Kish would watch him leave their Antioch, Calif., home on his way to work, unaware that in the future, she too would choose a profession that involved building bridges.
Up until her retirement from San Diego State in 2004, Kish made a 35-year commitment to providing university students the means to build their own pathways to knowledge and understanding - specifically as a professor of Spanish language and literature.
Small wonder that Kish would find her way to the Bridges Academy Lecture Series, a university program that endeavors to bring interested individuals over the age of 55 together with the University of San Diego community through a series of lectures, workshops and interactive events. The end result is a wonderful synergy of cross-generational experiences that leave an indelible impression on all who take part, including Kish.
"At USD, there seems to be a dedication to lifelong learning," she says. "It was shown by both the faculty who gave the talks and by the Bridges staff members."
As a lifelong educator, Kish was also impressed by the USD students she has met at Bridges Academy functions - so much so that she revised her estate plan to include a bequest specifically earmarked for the Bridges Endowed Scholarship Fund.
"The students who receive Bridges scholarships," she says, "seem focused on making the most of their opportunities, and that's really all you can hope for as a donor, and as an advocate of education."
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