Lou Yeager '50
"I would like to see the school continue and continue to be as affordable as possible so it can reach a wide spectrum of young men."
When Lou Yeager reflects on the successes he has had throughout his lifetime-both materially and spiritually-he credits a strong Catholic education in helping to get him where he is today. One school in particular stands out: Detroit Catholic Central High School.
"Catholic Central always paid close attention to academics; they did not take studies casually. But athletics [were taken seriously] as well," says Lou, a 1950 graduate.
The dedication and determination instilled in Lou during his high school years stayed with him throughout college. Proudly, after graduating from Assumption College in 1955, Lou took his first job as an English teacher and assistant football coach at his beloved high school.
As Lou and his wife, Elizabeth, raised their five children, he decided to change careers, leaving Catholic Central to join the mortgage banking industry in 1964, where he remained until retiring in 2006. Still, his loyalty to Catholic Central never wavered. He served on the alumni board and took part in many activities and fundraisers, especially while the couple's two youngest sons attended the school.
Feeling a responsibility to help future generations, Lou and Elizabeth contributed toward the building of the new school. They have also taken their generosity to the next level by designating a gift to Catholic Central in their wills.
"I would like to see the school continue," Lou says, "and continue to be as affordable as possible so it can reach a wide spectrum of young men."
Reflecting on his many years of commitment to Catholic Central, Lou says, "It came naturally...and it continues to come naturally."