Planned Giving

Henry and Joan Strauss: Where There's a Will, There's a Way to Support Deserving Students' Dreams

Henry and Joan StraussHenry Strauss says he was attracted to MSU Denver because it has a lot of students who would not be able to go to college or graduate if the University didn't exist.

"You can make an awful lot of difference at MSU Denver and it's very much appreciated," Strauss says.

That attraction and the belief that he could "give back" here led to two decades of contributing his time as well as significant financial gifts to the University.

"That's the great thing about MSU Denver and what made me stay around for all these years." Strauss served on the MSU Denver Foundation Board of Directors for 20 years before retiring as an emeritus member earlier this year. His legacy lives on, though: He and his wife Joan, the owner of an international adoption agency, recently named MSU Denver as a beneficiary in their will.

In addition, through the Guldman-Strauss Endowment, he is fulfilling his 40-year-long interest in alternative and indigenous medicine by providing scholarships to students in MSU Denver's cutting-edge Integrative Therapeutic Practices Program.

Strauss, who began his career as a pharmacist before pursuing real estate and elected office, hopes to see nontraditional medicine become part of medical school curriculum one day.

With three law school graduates in their combined family, the Strausses have an abiding belief in education.

"Funding is being drastically slashed," he says, expressing his concern for the state of higher education in Colorado. "The only way I can see that this can be counteracted is if you and I step forward and partially fill the gap."