Jess and Miriam Stevens
Jess and Miriam Stevens were "just plain folks" who made a living ranching and investing in the stock market. While they never had a family of their own, they loved children and were known to help families in need, but always very discreetly because they never wanted attention for their gifts.
After Jess died, Miriam continued privately giving to organizations that supported children. Following her death, hundreds of letters were found in her house from children from all over the world thanking her the gifts that had benefited their families and their lives.
The couple established a foundation to support education, medical care and research, and other needs. At TU, their namesake foundation created the Jess L. and Miriam B. Stevens Foundation Endowed Presidential Scholarship, the Jess and Miriam Stevens Foundation Endowment for Rowing, and the Charles C. Killin Music Scholarship Endowment in memory of Killin, a former trustee for both TU and the Stevens Foundation.