Meet an Osher Donor

Osher member Ruth Miluski decided earlier in the year to join the Founders group of the Osher Advocates. We sat down with Ruth to find out what she values most about lifelong learning.

How long have you been associated with Osher?

Since its beginning, at Lenoir Community Center – even back that far!

What value does Osher bring to your life?

You can have a singular learning experience, but there's something different about a community of learners. Walking into a classroom of eager students gives me something that I don't get through reading a book. It's like a fine meal served at a dinner party; the host puts in a great deal of preparation, and then the conversation makes it magical.

What do you enjoy most about being a student at Osher?

I enjoy the discipline of coming to class on time and doing the assignments. As a retired person, without many demands, discipline is something new. Also, the Osher community is inspiring and the staff is wonderful.

Can you please share a favorite moment/experience at Osher?

When I was still working, I took Kit Salter's class on the sense of place. My pattern for learning prior to that was to either read a book or look inward. I learned that you must pay attention and look and see out. It changed me a great deal, and I'm a keen observer of nature now – when I walk around I'm much more observant.

What else do you think Osher participants might want to know about you?

I love stories of people, what they enjoy doing. What is your story? What's your 'ordinary?' I think the ordinary can be spectacular.


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Founding Members — Osher Advocates

The following individuals/couples each donated $1,000 in support of Osher’s mission as part of the original Osher Advocate campaign, which ended in 2017. We sincerely appreciate their leadership and generosity.

Key: * 2018 Sustaining Osher Advocate Founder

Wayne Anderson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus
Don and Joan Bay
Thomas and Barbara Bender
John and Patti Blakemore
Emily Bonwich
* Ron and Judy Carter
* Robert and Barbara Churchill
Thomas Dillingham and Judith Clark
Patti Doyle
Carolyn Dye
William B. Fisch
Lawrence M. and Aileen R. Garvin
Beverly Giangiacomo
Anne Gifford
Robert Hibbs
Ken and Pat Hutchinson
Jason Ingram and Dr. Kimetha Fairchild
* Beverly Kabrick
* Sharon Kinden
Don and Linda Ladd
* Martha Matthews
Carol A. McAllister
Peter and Pat McDonald
Ruth Miluski
* Georgia Morehouse
Stephen and Joan Mudrick
Jerry Murrell
Von and Joyce Pittman
Michael and Rose Porter
Neil and Lyanne Riley
Kit and Cathy Salter
Sally Silvers
Beverly Smull
Lindalee Stahlman Volmert
Gary and Beth Stangler
Marcia Walker
Paul Wallace and  Robin Remington
George and Helen Washburn
* Jack Wax
Nan Wolf
Anonymous, in honor of Helen Washburn

Friends of Osher

Special thanks to the Friends of Osher, who have provided support through monetary contributions above their registration fees. (Gifts received during the 2018 Fiscal Year, updated through April 30, 2018)

Key: ** Osher Advocate ($500 and above)

Barbara C. Ball
Jerry Benedict
Jane Biers
Robert and Cokie Blake
Diane Booth and Jeanne Sebaugh
Anne Campbell
Charlene Carnes
Reba Cassin
Rosemary Christensen
Roger M. Cooley
Susan Dickinson
Barbara Downey
Marilee Dunn
Fred Erickson
Jennifer Erickson
Barbara Favazza
Bette Fletcher
Val Germann
Joseph and Jessica Giacchi
Bill Goodson
Frank and Kathy Green
Jean Gurucharri
Joanne Heisler
** Thomas and Sandra Henderson
Perk Hoecker
Sandra Knight
Pauline Landhuis
Alice L. Landrum and William L. Summerfield
Evelyn Lansche
Gail Luce
Joan Luterman
Tony Marshall
Wayne and Pat Merrill
Bob and Bonnie Mullen
Mary Nesladek
John Parker
Warren and Debbie Prost
Donna Reed
Candida Rogers
Donald and Sally Schilling
Sarah Seat
Joyce Snow
Gladys Swan
Gary Tatlow
Elizabeth Tidwell
Harvey Wax
Clarence Wolfshohl

Business Supporters

Thank you to the businesses that support Osher@Mizzou.

Becoming a Friend of Osher

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation in support of Osher@Mizzou’s future. Donations help our organization better serve its membership, keep fees affordable and solidify the future of Osher’s programming and mission. 

It’s easy to support Osher@Mizzou. Thank you for taking the time to support this meaningful continuing-education program

  • Give online
    Online giving generally takes fewer than five minutes. Fill in your donation amount, contact information and credit card information on MU’s secure system.
  • Give by mail
    Mail your check, payable to University of Missouri, to Osher@Mizzou, 344 Hearnes Center, Columbia, MO 65211. If your gift is in honor of a friend, loved one or mentor, please specify a name for the tribute.
  • Give in other ways
    If you are interested in contributing in other, even more substantial or specific ways such as supporting an endowed lecture series or significantly endowing another aspect of Osher, we would love to meet with you to explore ideas.

If you would like more information, contact Osher’s staff at or (573) 882-8189. You may also request a confidential conversation about options by contacting the office of MU Extension Advancement at 573-884-8570 or