Volunteer Chairs/Donor Stories
Howard and Jamie Lorch
Howard “Howie” Lorch (’66, M.Ed. ’68) isn’t a stranger to game day jitters: he was always there for Coach Guy V. Lewis and the Cougar men’s basketball team during his time at UH, serving as team manager. During Howard’s 6 years at UH, his responsibility of team manager included becoming the host for incoming recruits which is how he met Elvin Hayes and Don Chaney. They struck up such a good accord that Elvin and Howie roomed together — which they did until Elvin got married his senior year. Howie and Elvin have carried on a fifty plus year friendship, with Howie still involved with Elvin as his financial advisor.
Another lasting relationship? The Lorch family and the University of Houston. Lorch’s remarks at the 2017 In Tempore Legacy Society luncheon at TDECU Stadium illustrated how his school spirit, even 50 years since his UH days, hasn’t diminished.
Although there wasn’t a game going on at the stadium during the event, the exemplary support of In Tempore Legacy Society members present is certainly something to cheer about. Their contributions to the University of Houston have made it the powerhouse it is today — and will become in the future. “Our feelings for this University are that it’s like family for us,” said Lorch, speaking on behalf of his wife Jamie as well. The couple will celebrate their 44th anniversary in June 2017. “We think of the University of Houston as kind of our extended family.”
Members of the In Tempore Legacy Society are an especially important part of the Cougar family. The Society honors alumni and friends of the University of Houston System who have made lasting gifts through their estate plans. At the luncheon, members toured the TDECU Stadium, from the locker rooms to the field itself. It was only fitting, since philanthropy was such an essential part of building it.
Lorch isn’t only passionate about supporting his alma mater; he is incredibly driven in every area of his life, including his long career at Wells Fargo Advisors as a Managing Director-Investments, where he puts the skills he learned at UH to work to help families prosper in their investment endeavors. Lorch says he is proud to lead a team that consistently excels in their field and goes above and beyond for clients. All the while, he and Jamie have always kept a mindset of gratitude for their own opportunities, including service with Texas Children’s Hospital as lifetime ambassadors, and this fuels their passion for giving back. “For me, the most important thing is this will give an opportunity for someone to receive a better educational experience by providing a scholarship, or for bringing in the best professors and programs or improved facilities,” Jamie has said.
Supporting students, faculty and facilities are key to the University’s “Here, We Go” Campaign, and Events like the In Tempore luncheon are only one way that UH recognizes our inspiring donors. The Ezekiel W. Cullen Society, for example, recognizes individuals whose lifetime giving reaches a minimum of $250,000, and the UH Vanguard Society recognizes corporate benefactors who have given a total of $5 million or more to the University. All donors and friends of the University make an immeasurable difference, and members of these honor societies are leading the way to UH’s future.
For more information about making a planned gift, contact the Office of Gift Planning at 713-743-8680 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about donor societies, contact Suzanne Mercier, Director of Donor Recognition, at 713-743-1159 or email@example.com.
Lillie T. Robertson
Mrs. Robertson is the President and Director of Wilica, Inc., an administrator of private estates and Principal at Perugia Inc. Mrs. Robertson and her family have a long history with the University. Her late father Hugh R. Cullen Sr. was a regent and a member of UH Board of Governors and early UH benefactor and her late mother Wilhelmina R. Smith was an alumna and a benefactor. Her sister, the Honorable Carroll R. Ray, is an alum of the Law Center, and her sister Wilhelmina E. Robertson is a former regent.
Mrs. Robertson is an alumna of New York University (MA in Liberal Studies) and New Mexico State University (MFA in Creative Writing).
Mrs. Robertson is a member of the Board of Visitors, College of the Arts Task Force and Third Ward Schools Task Force. She is a member of Ezekiel W. Cullen Society and In Tempore Legacy Society. She is the recipient of UHAA Chair’s Award, 2012.