A Teacher's Legacy
A quiet, unassuming English teacher, Mary Louise Schroth gave generously throughout her life to many causes close to her heart, including Cincinnati Children’s. Now deceased, Ms. Schroth is remembered for the high value she placed on teaching children and investing in their future.
“Mary Louise was so special, just a fabulous person,” says her cousin Winona Allen. “She was the most generous person I’ve ever known – a true philanthropist. She cared about teaching people things like compassion, a sense of civic responsibility and what it means to be a charitable person. She was always grateful for what she had been given in her life, and felt it was her mandate to share it.”
After retiring from teaching, Mrs. Schroth decided to continue impacting younger generations through her planned giving.
She dedicated a generous portion of her estate to Cincinnati Children’s and created the John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, named in memory of her brother, to ensure that children would continue to benefit from the important work being done at the medical center even after she was gone.
The trust, which is maintained by PNC Bank, is currently funding research at Cincinnati Children’s to better understand the genetic cause of disease. As scientists unveil the core biologic reasons underlying conditions such as asthma, cancer and heart disease, new and better treatments will follow. And children from throughout our region and across the country will benefit from improved diagnoses and personalized therapies – allowing them to live healthier, happier lives.
Ms. Schroth cared enough about her legacy and future generations of children to plan beyond her lifetime. Her forethought allowed her to control the use of her money after her death and avoid large amounts of estate taxes – all while reaching out to help others. Through her lasting gifts, Mrs. Schroth’s spirit of giving will continue to impact the lives of children for years to come.
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