Bill Matthews '58
"Father Elmer is my hero for what he accomplished in building the new school and attracting students to it. My hope is that the school will be able to continue offering this great education long into the future."
Bill Matthews calls his education at Detroit Catholic Central High School "a great experience," and his bequest will give other young men the same opportunities long past his lifetime.
Bill, a 1958 graduate of Catholic Central, says he didn't have much choice about attending the school-his uncle was a Basilian. While at the school, Bill played hockey and highly admired his coach, Father James Enright.
Bill went on to major in accounting at the University of Detroit, and became a CPA for Plante & Moran PLLC, the 10th largest CPA firm in the country. Now retired after a successful career that focused on estate planning, Bill lives with his wife in West Bloomfield, Mich. When he developed his own estate plan, remembering Catholic Central was an easy decision.
"The school's mission is to promote goodness, discipline and knowledge, and it gave me all three," Bill says. "Like most Catholic Central grads, I am very proud I went there. The school has always been very highly respected in the community."
Bill believes Catholic Central is well-poised for continued success, and he is pleased to be able to support future students with a bequest through his will. Planned gifts such as Bill's are directed to the CC Endowment Fund, which provides tuition assistance to deserving young men each year.
"Father Elmer is my hero for what he accomplished in building the new school and attracting students to it," Bill says. "My hope is that the school will be able to continue offering this great education long into the future."