Alumna Hugs Back With an Estate Gift to WVU

West Virginia University alumna Antoinette Petrucci is including WVU in her estate plan and has established a scholarship in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources in honor of her husband, Glen G. Guth.

Antoinette Petrucci

Antoinette Petrucci and Glen G. Guth

"I could feel the University hugging me," she says, recalling her first visit to WVU during her senior year in high school. "I knew before I left that this was where I wanted to go to school."

Antoinette received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from WVU, earning a bachelor's in political science in 1972 and a master's in public administration the following year. She worked in human resource for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Hershey Foods before being recruited by a global HR consulting firm in Philadelphia, where she specialized in compensation. For 40-plus years, she developed and implemented total compensation and equity programs for employees and executives for a broad range of companies ranging from early life cycle to Fortune 500.

Education was highly valued by Antoinette and her husband, Glen, who passed away in 2015. Glen earned three degrees over a lifetime commitment to learning, including a bachelor's in electrical engineering from Drexel Institute of Technology and both his M.B.A. and Master's of Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh. He also earned his Professional Engineering License in electrical engineering.

"We would often talk about what kind of legacy we wanted to leave," Antoinette says. "Education always rose to the top as a priority for us."

This fall, the first student will benefit from Antoinette's initial gift via the scholarship established in her husband's name. She plans to add to the gift over time and has made plans for her estate to contribute as well. Her decision to give, she said, was not a difficult one to make.

"I think I thought about it for 10 seconds and I knew instantly that I wanted to do this now as a way to honor my husband's life forever."

The Glen G. Guth Memorial Scholarship is for United States citizens who are out-of-state residents enrolled in WVU's Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. Recipients will have demonstrated good citizenship through community service. Priority will be given to Eagle Scout and Gold Award recipients.

Glen worked as an engineer for Philadelphia Electric Company (PECO) for over 18 years. He then joined Westinghouse Electric in Pittsburgh, where he earned the George Westinghouse Product Introduction Award for his work on the first-co-generation plant in the Mojave Desert. He taught physics for seven years at Indiana University of Pennsylvania prior to his retirement. An avid outdoorsman and proud Eagle Scout, Glen enjoyed fishing, boating and target shooting.

"He was the kindest, most gentle, and most humble person I have ever met in my entire life," Antoinette said. "Whenever there was someone in need, he'd stop what he was doing and help. He was very unassuming, and he had the patience of Job."

Today, Antoinette resides in Pittsburgh but visits Morgantown frequently. Her desire to give back goes beyond giving back to the University. She volunteers one day a week at a nonprofit organization as a snuggler and caregiver to babies born into addiction. An avid learner, Antoinette is active in the OLLI program at Carnegie Mellon University, where she takes classes on topics that interest her, such as history and current events.

And of course, she is a Mountaineer for life. The year 2019 marks her 30th year as a WVU Football season ticket holder. "I think the University and I have been hugging each other ever since my very first visit to Morgantown."

Is there someone special in your life who shares your passion for WVU? Consider honoring them with a gift to the West Virginia University Foundation. Endowed scholarships and other gifts through your estate are a meaningful way to honor someone special and make an impact at WVU for generations. Contact Matthew Clark at plannedgiving@wvuf.org or 304-284-4033 to learn more.