Lambert Legacy Society
An Invitation to Join the Lambert Legacy Society
Members of the Lambert Legacy Society have named Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation as the beneficiary of a planned gift. Such gifts might include a bequest, appreciated securities, gifts of retirement accounts, or gifts of life insurance.
Once you complete your estate plans, please fill out our member profile form to let us know so we can thank you for your generosity by including you in the Lambert Legacy Society.
The Theta Behind the Lambert Legacy Society
After Betty Baur Lambert and her husband James passed away, their thoughtfulness by leaving Theta in their will amounted to a record $1.6 million dollar gift — the largest gift ever received by Theta Foundation to that date. This "greatest gift" by the Lambert family has made a lasting impact on women all over the country by awarding hundreds of graduate scholarships since 1990. While Theta Foundation has had the privilege and honor of receiving other bequests that change lives, the Lambert gift was the first to exceed a million dollars.
Betty was initiated into the Alpha Chi Chapter at Purdue University in 1934. Betty attributed her 33-year business career and success to being elected president of the Alpha Chi Chapter. "I was truly a non-entity from a very small Indiana town. In retrospect I think I had no personality, no beauty in an age of beauty queens, but I was definitely scholarship oriented. When that fantastic group of all that I aspired to be thought me competent to be in charge, it gave me a confidence that has never left me." Betty's fondest memory of Theta was being initiated. She remembered being so proud to be accepted by such a prestigious group, but more importantly, she felt it gave her the ideals that guided her through her lifetime.
Betty was a leader for Theta throughout her lifetime, serving in various positions including Grand Council (1974-1976), Alumnae District President for District V (1971-1974) and on many local alumnae chapters in officer capacities. She was very supportive in the installations of college chapters at universities such as Yale, Brown, Columbia, and Princeton.
Betty's husband, James B. Lambert, also loved Theta. James and Betty were married for 35 years and shared a two-career world, travel, and the arts. James said, "We started out after World War II with absolutely nothing monetarily. We had our intelligence and our energy. We were truly self-made." James drove Betty to many District meetings and Council visits and helped arrange get-togethers for Thetas.
Before Betty passed away in 1988, she said, "There is no greater reward for our wonderful gift of Theta friendship for a lifetime than saying 'thank you' with a gift of time or money to support and carry on the legacy that we have been privileged to be part and enjoy."
The Lambert Legacy Society is Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation's planned giving society and is named for Betty Baur Lambert and her husband James. It recognizes members and friends who have thoughtfully included gifts to Theta Foundation in their estate plans. Members receive recognition in the Society's annual listing and a beautiful pansy pin.
Your membership involves no dues, obligations, or solicitations, but it does allow us to thank you and recognize you for the plans you have made. It may even inspire generosity in others.
The most important benefit you will receive from joining the the Lambert Legacy Society is the satisfaction derived from making a lasting contribution to our long-term success.
Lambert Legacy Society Membership List
Theta Foundation thanks the following donors who intend to leave a legacy through a planned gift to Theta Foundation. Note: Listings reflect member status and gifts received as of Dec. 31, 2015.
Download the list here.