Elizabeth “Bee” McLeod ‘79
As one of the youngest freshmen in the history of Notre Dame High School, (admitted at the age of 12) Ms. McLeod fondly recalls that her age “was never an issue thanks to the sense of community at ND.”
“The school was, and still is, a great place to learn, make lifelong friends and grow,” she said. “I still look back fondly at so many memories. For example, I was taking “Home Econ” in 1976, and our project was to make a quilt by hand (aka Betsy Ross style); I still have that quilt! I never wanted to like English (my father was an English professor) but Ms. Liptak made the subject so engaging, I went on to double major in Business and English.”
McLeod believes the academics prepared her well not just for college but also for her career and graduate studies. “Without the solid base I received at Notre Dame, it would have been hard to hit the college and professional scene at full speed,” she said. “In addition to the academics though, I began what became a lifetime of running. I still interact periodically with my cross country, winter and spring track coach, Tony Genovesi.” McLeod gives Coach Genovesi credit for her start as a long distance runner eventually making it to Olympic Trials for the Marathon in 1988, and earning a spot on the US Team for the Duathlon World Championship race in Calais, France in 2000.
Bee and her husband Goody have endowed a scholarship at Notre Dame, and her Planned Gift will also support this scholarship. "It’s quite simple really: I want to ensure that the quality education and high school experience I enjoyed at Notre Dame is still available for others in the years and decades ahead. Achieving that will be a challenge without outside support, and I believe outside support begins with the alumni of Notre Dame. Giving back is something that Notre Dame instilled in me, and through my gift to ND, I hope I set an example for other alumni to do the same. “
McLeod offers the following advice for alumni who are potential planned giving donors: “Take some time and visit the campus, meet with students and administrators, and gain a better understanding of the role Notre Dame High School plays today in creating the leaders of tomorrow. Reacquaint yourself with all things great – and all areas of need – and I think you’ll find planned giving to Notre Dame makes perfect sense.”