John and Allison Langan ’84
Plan Future Gift to Colgate

John and Allison Langan ’84

The Langan family’s ties to Colgate run deep. John P. Langan ’84 and his four siblings all graduated from Colgate—the largest number of sibling alumni in University history. Two out of John’s three children also chose Colgate. Langan even has a cousin—Melissa Coley ’79—on the University’s board of trustees.

Over the years, Langan has mentored several dozen students; he and his wife, Allison, are longtime Presidents’ Club members, and they have held season tickets and hosted Colgate football tailgates for 27 years straight.

Yet perhaps the most profound expression of their love for Colgate is a bequest intention that John and Allison have included in their will, giving 10% of their residual estate, capped at $1 million. This gift will have a significant impact on Colgate students and qualifies the Langans for membership in the Willow Society.

Langan says he wants to extend the life-shaping opportunities he experienced at Colgate to others. Among his favorite memories were Professor Balmuth, living in Andrews, the chapel at night, his London study group, and the friendships he made.

In addition to helping students, the Langans made this transformative contribution in honor of someone very special. “We made this gift in memory of our son Jack, who was our joy as a baby and toddler and who has been a driving force in our lives since his passing,” said John. Through this gift in Jack’s memory, the Langan family will continue to change lives at Colgate long into the future.


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