Benefits the Utah Museum of Natural History
Beginning with a gift of rocks, fossils, and shells in 1982, Margaret
and Max Lichenheim became ardent supporters of the Utah Museum of
Natural History at the University of Utah. While Max passed away
in 1982, Margaret has maintained and enjoyed close ties with the
museum and the University for the past 20 years.
A founding member of the John R. Park Society, Margaret never missed
an opportunity to attend the annual events and believed strongly
in its purposes. Thanks to her careful planning and generosity,
when Margaret died on July 9, 2002, at the age of 94, the U received
a final gift from her estate: a fund of more than $200,000 to establish
the Max and Margaret Lichenheim Collection’s Management Endowment,
which will assist the curatorial needs of the museum.
Wartime trials form a fascinating backdrop to the Lichenheims’
generosity to the U through the years. Born and raised in Germany,
Margaret and Max first met when she was 17 and he was 23. It was,
according to Margaret, “an immediate attraction.” Their
marriage in 1933 brought with it high hopes for a bright future.
Three days after taking their wedding vows, however, Adolf Hitler
came to power. Not only their hopes, but also those of millions
of European Jews, were smothered that fateful day. After the Nazi
regime ordered Max’s law practice closed, the couple relocated
to Rostock, where Nazi soldiers destroyed their home and business
and sent Max to a concentration camp. In the spring of 1939, Max
and Margaret escaped Hitler’s Germany to Shanghai, China,
where they endured humiliation in the nightmarish years of the Japanese
occupation of China.
After the war, they immigrated to the United States and settled
in Salt Lake City. Max opened a successful stamp business, and the
couple enjoyed life tremendously, traveling extensively in the years
Max and Margaret Lichenheim have left an exemplary legacy of determination
and giving, which will benefit the community and the U throughout
The U offers a variety of giving programs designed to ensure the
greatest benefits for both the donor and the University. One of
these is planned giving—a commitment to a gift established
during a donor’s lifetime whose principal benefits to the
University do not accrue until some time in the future.
Careful planning can maximize the positive effects of contributions
such as appreciated securities, life insurance policies, real estate,
and gifts of personal property. Bequests through wills are popular
because contributions provide support without diminishing the assets
available to the donors during their lifetime.
For further information on making a planned gift to the University
of Utah, contact C. Jeffry Paoletti BS’65 JD’68, director
of planned giving: University of Utah Office of Planned Giving,
201 Presidents Circle, Room 302, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9015,
581-6824, (800) 716-0377.