Robert Gelsher

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As the most visited museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, The Franklin Institute is grateful for the longtime friendship of supporters like Robert Gelsher. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Bob has fond memories of visiting the Institute with his parents and on class trips—and still enjoys visiting his favorite exhibits: The Franklin Air Show, the Giant Heart, Electricity, the Train Factory, and Sir Isaac’s Loft.

While there are many ways to leave a gift to the Institute, Bob is choosing to use a few different vehicles—including leaving a bequest in his will and naming the Institute as a beneficiary of his IRA and life insurance policy.

“It resonates for me that young people are exposed to science and technology at the Institute, and this opens a whole new world for them,” he says. He appreciates the programs the Institute offers for young people, including STEM education and Science After Hours programs. Bob believes there is a gap in STEM education, especially for disadvantaged students in Philadelphia, and he is particularly interested in developing programs that will provide education for math literacy.

Bob served as a mechanical engineer for the U.S. Navy, where he worked on nuclear submarines and on the Chinook Helicopter program for Boeing Helicopters prior to making a career change to a financial advisor at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC. Bob’s interest in lifelong learning has allowed him to advance in his profession with his recent completion of becoming a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). His enthusiasm for education in the technical fields has led him to become a supporter of The Franklin Institute.

Bob joined the Benjamin Franklin Legacy Society to “leave a legacy that will enrich the community with what The Franklin Institute has to offer.”



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