Gifts to UCSB Benefit Future Gauchos
Rafael Costas '86 chose UC Santa Barbara solely for practical reasons. It was far enough from home to be independent, but close enough to get home quickly if necessary. Once he arrived on campus, Rafael realized the depth and breadth of educational opportunities the University offered. He intended to major in Physics, but it took him less than a quarter to decide that Economics was the right major for him.
Rafael cites his 2 ½ years working in the UCSB Library as some of the most memorable while a student.
"It taught me about professional responsibility, living within one's means, and working with people who are different from yourself," he shares. Rafael's supervisor, Margaret Morez, made such a big impression on him that he continues to stay in touch with her whenever he returns to UCSB.
Since graduation, Rafael has worked for Franklin Templeton Investments, rising to the position of senior vice president and putting all he learned in college to good use. In the spirit of giving back, he recently joined the UCSB Economics Board of Advisors to help support the program and its students. Citing a strong belief that a university education acts like a "social vaccine" against ignorance and intolerance, Rafael decided to name his alma mater as a beneficiary in his estate plans and has arranged for both the economics department and the library to be the ultimate recipients of his generous bequest. His legacy will benefit the areas that made the biggest impact on his life and his future, and will allow UCSB to make a similar impact on generations of students to come.
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