Knowing that George Grieve ’65 and his wife, Peggy, both worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, one reasonably might assume that they play their cards close to the vest. Whatever the case is in the rest of their lives, when it comes to their feelings toward the University of St. Thomas, their hearts are open books – to the great benefit of St. Thomas students.
George retired from the CIA after 23 years working in Soviet military analysis; then he worked in financial planning on behalf of government employees in the Washington, D.C. area. While Peggy is from the East Coast and graduated from the University of Delaware, she shares George’s special feelings for his home state of Minnesota, the University of St. Thomas, and the undergraduate students who make the university’s St. Paul campus their home.
With both current and planned gifts, the two have contributed generously to the Class of 1965 Endowed Scholarship Fund, have established the George and Peggy Grieve Liberal Arts Endowed Scholarship Fund to help students majoring in the humanities, and have supported the Endowed Chair in Civil Discourse fundraising effort. Also, they have contributed art to St. Thomas – an Inuit sculpture and New Guinea tribal masks and carvings.
Through their planned gifts, George and Peggy joined the Finn Heritage Society. “Peggy and I decided that we wanted to ensure our final assets would be used to assist those who desire to make the world a better and safer place for future generations,” said George. “After some thought, we decided that we could find what we wanted through the Finn Society at St. Thomas.” In addition to his and Peggy’s financial support of the university, George serves valuably on the Board of Advisors of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Summing up a three-day visit to campus, during which he sat in on many classes and talked extensively with students and faculty members, he commented, “I came to two key conclusions. First, St. Thomas is an even better education institution than I thought it was. Second, St. Thomas is more Catholic and less secular than when I graduated in 1965.”
After completing careers in service to their country, George and Peggy Grieve are happy to provide service and support to students who, they hope, will help to improve their school, their country, and their world after graduation.