Hoping to draw more students to the Texas A&M College of Medicine, Beth Nauert ’79 gives back through a planned gift of life insurance.
A calling to help others and a search for deeper meaning led Beth Nauert ’79 to change her career path, find her purpose and invest in others. After a semester-long stint studying microbiology at Texas Tech University, Nauert transferred to Texas A&M University and found herself drawn to the people and stories behind the lab tests she ran as a student in the medical technology laboratory.
“I constantly wondered about the patients behind my work,” Nauert said. “I wanted to know what happened to them and what their lab tests meant to them; I wanted to know their stories.”
Rather than work behind-the-scenes, Nauert felt called to work front and center, as a doctor. She applied to a program in the College of Medicine at the Texas A&M Health Science Center and was accepted into its 32-person charter class. She earned her bachelor’s degree and medical degree in six years.
When the Rapport Society Dean’s Leadership Council was created in 2009 to support the College of Medicine and its students, Nauert jumped at the opportunity to get involved. Through an advisory role and various initiatives, including philanthropic support, the Rapport Society assists the dean in meeting the vision and mission of the College of Medicine.
Inspired by her responsibility as a council member, Nauert established a planned gift through the Texas A&M Foundation that will provide scholarships to students pursuing their degrees from the College of Medicine. “The college’s charter class is a close-knit group that strongly supports the college, and I’m happy to help,” Nauert said. “Now that my children are grown, changing the policy beneficiary on my existing life insurance policy was an easy way to give back.”
Making a planned gift of life insurance is one of the simplest ways to support Texas A&M’s future. Life insurance gifts offer a charitable tax deduction, allow individuals to retain assets during their lifetimes and can be revoked should an individual’s personal or financial situation change. After the donor’s lifetime, the gift funds an endowment that will provide permanent support to a Texas A&M area of the donor’s choosing.
Nauert completed her residency at Children’s Health Center and Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas before practicing pediatrics for more than 30 years in Austin. In 2014, she and her husband John moved to Washington State after he received a job offer from Amazon.
A board-certified pediatric doctor with an emphasis on child abuse pediatrics, Nauert now serves as a clinical doctor of pediatrics at HealthPoint Community Health Center in Auburn, Washington. HealthPoint is a federally qualified health center for low-income families focused on providing expert care to individuals, regardless of circumstances.
Nauert’s three children—Richard ’14, Mary ’15 and Rachel ’17—followed their mother’s path, graduating from Texas A&M with their undergraduate degrees. Now pursuing their graduate educations in Aggieland, they plan to forge lifelong careers centered around selfless service: Richard is a fourth-year medical student; Mary is a third-year veterinary student; and Rachel is completing her master’s degree in curriculum and education.
After her lifetime, Nauert’s gift will attract future leaders and innovators to the College of Medicine and support students financially. “I feel strength in knowing that my gift will help future Aggies,” she said. “Making an easy gift like this can be a step in the right direction, one that pushes our medical school and students forward to prove just how great our university is.”
To discuss how a planned gift can benefit you, your family and Texas A&M University, contact Glenn Pittsford ’72 at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 392-3310.
To make a life insurance gift to the Texas A&M Foundation to benefit Texas A&M, an individual has three options:
1. Transfer ownership of an existing life insurance policy.
2. Purchase a new life insurance policy with the Foundation as owner and beneficiary.
3. Retain ownership of a pre-existing life insurance policy and change the beneficiary designation.
Each option offers a charitable tax deduction and allows you to retain assets during your lifetime. After your lifetime, the gift funds an endowment that will provide permanent support to a Texas A&M area of your choosing: students, faculty, colleges or programs.