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For more information on the Simoneau Society and planned gifts, please contact:

Frank Reynolds
Director of Planned Giving
Ph: (831) 625-8254 or freynolds@stevensonschool.org

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Planned Giving

Stevenson offers a full range of planned gift options designed to help you meet your financial and charitable goals while supporting the school and the future of our students.

Options include gifts that require no disbursement during your lifetime, gifts that provide you income for the rest of your and your loved ones lives, and ways to help you protect your income and assets.

Everyone—regardless of age or income—can make a planned gift. By including Stevenson in your financial planning, you help ensure that our future Pirates thrive, and through your example, embrace their role as change-makers in the world.

Ways to Give

To help you begin your planning, below are brief descriptions of the different ways you can make a planned gift to Stevenson. To learn more and begin a conversation about your gift to Stevenson, contact Frank Reynolds, planned giving officer, at (831) 625-8254 or freynolds@stevenschool.org.

Tales of a Trailblazer: Dr. Michael L. Jackson ’68 Lights the Way for a Diverse Student Body at Stevenson

When discussing Stevenson with alumni, it’s common to hear stories of how the School has shaped their lives—as both thinkers and doers. It’s less common, however, to hear stories about how one Pirate affected the trajectory of the School. But the lasting impact of one such alumnus, Dr. Michael L. Jackson ’68, is indelible. Dr. Jackson, who grew up in Los Angeles and San Jose, CA, was the first Black student to attend Stevenson. He was the only Black student when he enrolled in the fall of 1964. Dr. Jackson explains, “In the fall of 1963, Stevenson’s founding headmaster Robert U. Ricklefs proposed to the board of trustees that the School be integrated. He wanted ‘his’ boys to learn how to live, study, work, play, and cooperate with students from other races, cultures, religions, and social classes.” 

Jules Simoneau and Robert Louis Stevenson

Though the School’s namesake, the 19th century Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson, spent only a few months on the Monterey Peninsula in 1879, his experience here proved to be of lasting significance. Arriving weakened by illness and penniless, he relied on the kindness of strangers to regain his health. One of these people—Jules Simoneau—ran a saloon in downtown Monterey. Educated at the Sorbonne, Simoneau was a trained chef and gracious host, known for providing a warm, welcoming space for artists to gather, exchange ideas, and play chess. For those that could not afford to pay, he would allow them to paint on the cafe’s walls in exchange for food. When Stevenson was too weak to leave his room, Simoneau brought him special meals and the spiritual nourishment of his friendship.