Professional Engineer Robert Roop Supports "Gem" that Inspired His Son

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When Robert N. Roop's son Jeremy was a young boy, they enjoyed exploring The Franklin Institute together, taking classes, and watching IMAX films. Now Jeremy is 32 and has a Ph.D. in molecular biology—and they still enjoy making the museum trip together. That's just one of the reasons that Robert is supporting the Institute with a charitable remainder trust that is paying him income for life.

"I remember my youth and how the Boston Museum of Science inspired me," said Robert, a professional engineer with degrees from Tufts and Villanova who lives in Stockton, New Jersey, with his wife Katherine. "Here in Philadelphia is another gem offering the potential to instill in young people the same fascination in science I enjoyed."

Robert chose a charitable remainder trust for his gift on the advice of his estate-planning professional. "I have limited resources and must plan for my own retirement and the well-being of my family," he said. "The Institute is fortunate to have many extremely generous contributors—but others should not be deterred by thinking a modest bequest like mine is not important."

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