• Helen Johnson Leaves $800,000 Endowment to Museum

    Helen Johnson loved monarchs. So much so she provided a generous estate gift establishing the Helen Johnson Monarch Endowment Fund. This endowment, at just over $800,000, will support monarch education and monarch citizen science for this and future generations in perpetuity.

    According to Museum officials, Johnson’s endowment has become the largest gift bequeathed to the Museum in its long history. On Monday, March 23, Johnson’s executor Gail Delorey presented a check to Museum Foundation’s Board of Directors.

    Jeanette Kihs, Museum Executive Director; Gail Delorey. Ms. Johnson's estate executor; Chris Hasegawa. President of the Museum Foundation Board.

    Jeanette Kihs, Museum Executive Director; Gail Delorey. Ms. Johnson’s estate executor; Chris Hasegawa. President of the Museum Foundation Board.

    “Helen was passionate about monarchs and in ensuring they would survive in the years to come. She felt the best way to do that was in educating, not just Pacific Grove, but in the world community,” Delorey said. “Through education you have a greater understanding and desire for preservation.”

    “The Museum is very appreciative of this heartfelt endowment and will strive to honor Helen’s legacy in the years to come,” said Museum Executive Director Jeanette Kihs.

    Johnson, a longtime supporter of monarch butterfly citizen science and education in Pacific Grove, passed away in April, 2014, and made the bequest as part of her estate plans. Johnson is a member of the Museum’s 1883 Society, which honors those extraordinary people who include the Museum in their estate plans to ensure it serves the community well into the future.

    The late Helen Johnson

    The late Helen Johnson



    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 24, 2015

    Topics: Butterflies, Front PG News


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