Meet Legacy Society Member Robin Quigley
Navy Captain Robin Quigley finished off her distinguished career in San Diego, Calif., as the commanding officer of one of the Navy's largest technical training activities. She assumed command of the 4500-man Service Schools Command in April 1973, and at her retirement ceremony in September 1974, she remarked that it was her privilege to leave a legacy to the Navy of "the finest group of committed professionals who do not operate this Navy - they perpetuate it."
That professional legacy transitioned later into a personal long-term covenant to care for her aging mother. It was during this time that, although her family and friends had never been touched by ALS, she was inspired by Joe Martin, a community leader in nearby Charlotte, N.C., who had chosen to take his ALS diagnosis public. When asked how he managed to cope with the challenge, he replied simply: "you do what you've been given to do." As Robin notes, "hearing" this sophisticated, worldly man describe how he dealt with the indescribable - ALS - in terms as familiar, as unassuming as the sun rising every morning, resonated deeply. It was a compelling call to make his mantra an integral part of her life, and it began her commitment to a decade of annual gifts to The ALS Association.
Now, at 80, Robin has recently named The ALS Association as a beneficiary in her will. She has joined the ranks of a growing number of friends who have made us part of their family by including ALS in their estate plan. In recognition of her generosity, Robin has been welcomed as a member of The Legacy Society. This generous group of donors provides vital support for our global research efforts to find a cure for ALS while helping those currently battling this disease.