The Role of a Lifetime
Robert "Bob" Schiesske
Bob Schiesske loved musicals.
The Ashland, Massachusetts, resident attended hundreds of musical theater performances throughout his life, with Carousel rating as his top favorite. He was such a devout fan of the genre that he amassed a large LP collection of show recordings—many of which feature the original casts.
During his life, Bob not only enjoyed musical theater, but he was also a passionate advocate for its preservation as an art form.
“I have always been interested in musical theater for the quality of the music and the social history it provides,” he said. He thought that “a contribution toward enabling, or at least encouraging, the development of the necessary future talent would be a meaningful legacy” for him.
This desire led Bob to designate Emerson College as a beneficiary of his retirement plan assets, which created an endowed scholarship fund bearing his name for Emerson’s musical theater students. His choice of this particular gift vehicle enabled Bob to accomplish his financial goals while creating a lasting impact.
Bob decided to support Emerson because, in his words, “Emerson is simply a clear leader in providing this type of education.” Since this scholarship fund is endowed, generations of talented men and women will have access to that education, carrying the musical theater genre into new directions even as they honor its cherished traditions.
Bob Schiesske loved musicals. And now thanks to him and his legacy, future generations will have new opportunities to love them, too.
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