Marcus R. Veatch '75 and Cynthia C. Veatch: A Lasting Lesson

VeatchMarcus R. Veatch ’75 was convinced that his Spanish class was going to be the end of him. 

“The professor said we wouldn’t be communicating in English at all,” Veatch remembered. And that was going to be a stretch. Marcus wanted out. 

“But the professor said, ‘No, stick with it. I think you’ll be fine.’ So I did. I studied hard and somehow did really well.”

That lesson is one that stuck with him.

“Throughout my career, I’ve been thrown into those types of situations all the time,” he adds. “But you rise to the occasion and stretch yourself. That’s the benefit of what you learn at a place like DePauw.” 

Marcus – an economics major at DePauw, former president of the DePauw Alumni Association Board of Directors and retired executive director of tax for Verizon Communications, Inc. – calls his time at DePauw transformational. “When I look back, I don’t think I could ever return what I got from DePauw,” he says.

Yet, with the creation of the Marcus R. Veatch Endowed Scholarship, he and his wife, Cindy, who is a consultant specializing in product development, are trying. They’ve pledged initial funds to establish the scholarship, while committing an additional gift from their estate to ensure its existence in perpetuity. In addition, the Veatchs’ support extends to The Fund for DePauw, a critical source of annual funding for the University. Specifically, they’ve committed to making leadership-level annual gifts to support DePauw’s annual giving campaign through 2018. 

“Even though it’s been more than 40 years, DePauw continues to give back to me every day,” he says. “I think our job of giving back to the University is never done, whether that’s through financial gifts or through service. I think there’s a role for every alum.” 

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