William "Bill" Raines '49 with Jacy Good '08 and her boyfriend Steve Johnson '08 at the Circle of 1848 Summer Picnic and Theatre event.

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William “Bill” Raines ’49 Establishes Scholarship in Honor of Jacy Good ’08

 

William “Bill” Raines ’49 has established an unrestricted scholarship in honor of Jacy Good ’08.  “When I heard Jacy’s story and discovered she was from my home town of Lititz, Pa., I wanted to honor her in some small way,” says Bill.

On graduation day 2008, Jacy was headed home to Lititz with her parents after the ceremony.  Somewhere near Reading, a teenager on a cell phone ran a stoplight.  A truck swerved to miss him and collided head-on with Jacy and her parents, crushing their car, killing Jacy’s mom and dad, and leaving Jacy in a coma with numerous broken bones and massive brain trauma. No one was certain that she would live. 

Today, Jacy is not only ambulatory, but lobbying for a bill that would ban cell phone use by drivers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  So far, legislation has been passed in six cities in Pennsylvania, including Allentown, Bethlehem and Philadelphia.  In late April Jacy appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show as part of Oprah’s National “No Phone Zone” Day.  She now visits high schools to warn students about the dangers of cell phone use while driving.

Bill himself suffered a stroke 11 years ago and had to learn to walk and talk again through physical therapy.  He says he understands a little of what Jacy has had to go through to fight her way back.  “But I can’t imagine the devastation of losing your parents on the same day,” says Bill.Read an exclusive on Muhlenberg’s Hillel House in the Jewish Exponent.

Jacy, who now lives in New York with her boyfriend Steve Johnson ’08, met Bill for lunch in Lititz shortly after she heard about the scholarship. “I was so surprised,” says Jacy.  “It’s so flattering that Bill would want to make a gift in my name.  I never could’ve afforded to attend Muhlenberg without a scholarship, so it’s wonderful that Bill could give someone else the opportunity for a Muhlenberg education.”

Bill and Jacy met again recently at the annual Circle of 1848 summer picnic and theatre performance of “The Mikado” (View photos), where Bill shared more thoughts about the scholarship. “I was very fortunate to receive – quite literally – a free education through the G.I. Bill for veterans at the conclusion of World War II,” says Bill, who fought in six battles during the War (“The only one I missed was the Battle of the Bulge because it was too foggy for us to fly that day.”).  “I’m 88 now, and so I want to do what I can, while I can,” he adds.

For more information on establishing a scholarship in honor of someone, please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 484-664-3247 or email development@muhlenberg.edu.

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