As we think about inspiration and the teachers who have touched our lives for the better, it’s impossible to ignore the impact of Pam Bent, a Graland educator from 1972 to 1984 who taught PE, coached girls’ field hockey and lacrosse, and led the Physical Education Department. Pam passed away in December 2016 and the outpouring of appreciation, admiration and grief from alumni, parents of alumni and former colleagues only confirms her incredible influence on more than a decade of Graland students.
Coach Bent is remembered fondly as a passionate, talented and giving individual, truly an inspiration to many. As the founder of the Colorado Girls’ Lacrosse Association, her role in bringing the game of girls’ lacrosse to Colorado cannot be overstated. Pam’s joy and contagious confidence are remembered and missed.
Pam was also philanthropic. With foresight and planning she extended her financial impact beyond her death. In her estate plans, Pam left a substantial endowed gift to Graland to be split evenly between the athletics program she loved and the school’s greatest priorities.
Pam’s sister Dede visited with us and toured campus when she was in town last spring for Pam’s Celebration of Life at St. Mary’s Academy. “Our family is thrilled that Pam has, by this legacy, chosen to support Graland Country Day in a meaningful way and in perpetuity, as I know she strongly believed in the values and mission that Graland embodies. I am well aware of how meaningful Pam's gift will be to Graland’s future.”
We are grateful. Our only regret is that we were not able to thank her for this remarkable gift in her lifetime. Now a member of Graland’s Montem Society, Pam joins 41 others who have designated Graland with a planned gift. These thoughtful gifts make a difference for Graland now and into the future.
By Kristin Eklund ‘88 Weber
Join the Montem Society! Planned giving is the ideal way to ensure your estate is distributed per your wishes. Visit plannedgiving.graland.org to explore possibilities.