Judith (Hulbert) Leondes ’59* and Cornelius Leondes*

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JudithJudith Hulbert was a resident of Maple Hall while pursuing her medical secretarial degree and enjoyed the Glee Club, Kappa Omicron Kappa, and parties. After graduating in 1959 she made her way west to Los Angeles where she enjoyed a career working in the then nascent cosmetic surgery industry.

Later in life, she met her husband, Cornelius “Corny” Leondes, Ph.D., a professor of engineering at UCLA, and they eventually retired to Carlsbad, Calif. There Judith dove headfirst into her second career as a sculptor mainly working in the bronze medium. Judith and Cornelius travelled extensively throughout the United States and Europe and enjoyed collecting antiques and fine art.

When it came time to plan their estate, they chose to support Becker College with a bequest in their will. Their generosity resulted in one of the largest testamentary gifts in the history of the College and it will soon be used to update a residence hall on campus. We will be forever grateful to Judith and Corny as they have enabled Becker to better fulfill its educational mission.

* Judith and Cornelius chose to remember Becker via their wills. This method of philanthropy allows the donor(s) to retain custody and control of their assets during their lifetimes but their wills then specify that a particular sum or percentage of their estates, upon death, passes to Becker. In addition, this particular mechanism allows the donor to designate the ultimate usage of their gift.  Some examples: named scholarships, improvement of facilities, funding of an academic chair, etc.

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