WARREN, Mich. (May 10, 2019) – Family and friends of the late Gary Karas gathered Friday at De La Salle Collegiate to celebrate the memory of the 1969 alumnus who passed in October.
His classmate, Alan Rudziewicz, who handles the Karas Trust, presented De La Salle with a generous gift, in keeping with Karas’s wishes.
“Just as De La Salle impacted Gary’s life, this gift will impact the lives of our current students,” President John M. Knight said.
Rudziewicz said that Karas’s estate gave a sizeable donation to Children’s Hospital of Michigan.
“Gary was very fond of De La Salle,” Rudziewicz said. “He wanted to help the students of De La Salle, thought that he would best accomplish that by leaving the school a gift in his estate planning.”
The donation is also in the name of Karas’s late father, Alex, who served in the U.S. Army during World War II, in an infantry unit that traces its roots back to the U.S. Civil War. His father was very proud of his service.
“We appreciate all the work that Alan Rudziewicz did to make this gift happen,” said Greg Esler, De La Salle’s major gifts officer.
John Monigold, director emeritus of alumni relations, knew Karas as a high school freshman, and reconnected with him in later years.
“Gary loved De La Salle, and the De La Salle experience,” Monigold said.
Karas who was born in Hamtramck, worked as a logistics engineer with the U.S. Government. He worked at the TACOM location in Warren during his entire career, and received commendations for his work with the military.
Karas had three sisters who live out of state; he never married and had no children.