Peter Moulton & Joel Blair
Securing the University Honors Program Through a Generous Bequest
Peter Moulton and Joel Blair believe strongly in the mission of UMass Boston and the importance of its role as the public university in Boston. They note its significance in the educational and public life of the Commonwealth and its growing attraction for students nationally and from around the world. To support those convictions, they have established bequests to UMass Boston in their estate plans.
Blair, a retired professor of English and one of the early directors of the Honors Program, and his friend Moulton have left bequests to endow the directorship of the Honors Program. The endowed directorship will attract teachers of stature and commitment to that position and will allow money currently designated for salary to be used for undergraduate research and other initiatives.
Another bequest will support humanities students who wish to enroll in undergraduate studies abroad. In addition, they have made an outright grant to establish a travel fellowship for an outstanding student in the Honors Program.
"In spite of being a member of a young institution which is publicly funded, I am convinced of the quality and dedication of the UMass faculty and I have a firm belief in the value of the education we offer to our students," says Blair.
Moulton noted: "As I learned of the educational programs and the commitment of the staff and faculty of UMass Boston, I decided that it was an institution that I could wholeheartedly support, and I believe strongly in its importance as a public university."