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Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact on RAND and the world through their acts of giving.

James Babcock

Jim Babcock joined RAND in 1954, a mathematician brought in to work as a programmer in the Computer Sciences Department. "It's probably the best place I ever worked in my life," he says now, 87 years old and retired in Texas. "I was meeting the most famous scientists in the world, talking about a wealth of ideas. It really directed the rest of my life and my career."

Babcock worked in the computer sciences department until 1965, feeding punch cards into the old IBM main frames. His time at RAND also gave him a firsthand look at the success of JOHNNIAC, especially as a time-shared computer processor. He later worked as a contractor to fine-tune an early programming language that RAND invented called IPL-widely known as a precursor to LISP, a system used in early research into artificial intelligence.

He also collaborated at RAND with research physicists on systems related to nuclear weapon designs and testing. One program he worked on, for example, analyzed weather patterns ahead of nuclear bomb tests in the atmosphere of the Nevada desert to make sure no ranchers were in harm's way of fallout patterns.

Babcock went on to a successful career in the telecommunications industry. He credits his time at RAND-and the "cornucopia of knowledge" that he experienced here-for making that possible. "You can't stay there and work there without having some of that brush off on you and having you set your sights for the rest of your life," he says.

He recently decided to leave a bequest in his estate plans to benefit RAND, becoming a new member of RAND's Legacy Society; he also has supported RAND's alumni impact fund. His goal, he said, was to advance the cause of knowledge that helped shape his career, and the careers of so many others.

"It all started with RAND," he said. "I wish in some ways that I'd never left."

Making Your Mark

"I discovered RAND while I was in high school, when I became interested in politics and world affairs. After graduating from high school, I went into the Navy, where I received pre-deployment briefings on countries of interest, many of which referenced RAND reports and data. RAND continues to be a force shaping my life, and in order to recognize what RAND has done for me, I am giving back through my legacy: RAND is a beneficiary of my life insurance policy."
-- Christopher Ince, RAND Policy Circle Member

Influencing Positive Change

"I'm truly impressed with the intellectual capacities of RAND. After having success in the engineering and automotive industry, I want to ensure that the right bridges get built between the research powerhouses of RAND the commercial world, and the best practitioners in the field. People around the planet must deal with so many challenges, today and in the days ahead, that we need to share information, get smarter, and do so with all of us in our different spots pulling together."
-- The late John Cazier, Engineer and Philanthropist, Through his estate, he established the John and Carol Cazier Initiative for Sustainability at the Pardee RAND Graduate School

Increasing Your Impact

"For more than 30 years, RAND has provided me with invaluable and timely insights into a broad range of social and legal issues that greatly enhanced my ability to advise the most important clients of our law firm. I included RAND in my estate planning because it enabled me to increase my support beyond what I can do during my lifetime. As my bequest will come directly from my IRA, it's good for my tax planning, and it's good for RAND."
-- James A. ("Jay") Greer II, former Partner, LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae; former RAND institute for Civil Justice Board of Overseers Member

Ensuring a Better Future

"I have been part of the RAND community for over 55 years and my wife and I continue to take part in the intellectual and social life of RAND during our retirement. We are pleased to designate RAND in our estate plans in honor of our relationship with RAND and to help ensure that future generations will benefit from RAND's contributions to the most pressing public policy issues."
-- Brent Bradley, former RAND Vice President and Senior Executive

Sustaining Innovation

"There's nothing better than someone who knows what they're doing. And RAND knows what they're doing. RAND Graduate School will be around for a long time, and I want to help the next generation solve the policy problems that will persist. I have made a legacy gift to ensure that graduate students have the resources they will need to shape the future."
-- Ann Korologos, RAND Trustee; Chairman Emeritus, The Aspen Institute; Former U.S. Secretary of Labor