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Henry Tulgan 54Johnson Chapel Associate: Henry Tulgan '54

It is most common to support the College with a direct gift, but sometimes it is easier and appropriate to remember Amherst through another plan. Especially if one's spouse has equal feelings towards her own alma mater. Such is the case with Hank Tulgan '54, who with his wife Norma, a graduate of Barnard, established a charitable trust that will benefit both institutions upon their passing. During their lifetime, the Tulgans will receive income from the trust, with the comfort of knowing that eventually their gift will provide for two outstanding colleges.

This level of planning and thoughtfulness is not surprising, for Hank has made a career out of helping others, and planning for the future. A physician by training (medical degree from N.Y.U., and 32 years in practice as an internist/cardiologist) Hank has devoted his life to the continuing education of others. He coordinates the medical education program at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA, running an undergraduate program from UMass Medical School, supervising three residency programs, and serving as a liaison with state (Mass. Medical Society) and national (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education) organizations.

Known to friends and family as Hank, Dad, Poppy, and/or Grandpa, Hank just celebrated his 50th Reunion at Amherst. As he told his classmates, he hasn't slowed down one bit. Again, not surprising for a man who values being of service, and making a difference.

Thoughts on giving to Amherst: "I have always believed that my interest in lifelong leaning was fostered at Amherst, and I have told this to my world for a long time!" When it came to finalizing some estate planning, it was easy to consider Amherst as one of the beneficiaries.

The Johnson Chapel Associates society recognizes those alumni and friends who have named Amherst in their will and/or provided for the college through a planned gift. For more information, contact: Timothy A. Neale ’70, Director of Planned Gifts, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002-5000, (413) 542-8256,,