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Bob '69 and Deborah Steele '69 Saline

Bob '69 and Deborah Steele '69 Saline

The love story continues as Point Park couple establishes legacy.

Bob '69 and Deborah Steele '69 Saline are convinced they are the first couple to meet and marry while Point Park students. Their love affair with each other and Point Park never has waned through 46 years of marriage, raising a family, and professional accomplishments.

Part of their family includes son Erik, who graduated in 1998 with an electrical engineering degree. And that is not the only Point Park legacy for the Saline Family. The couple has made plans to assist future students through a bequest in their will, an idea that began as a simple comment back when they graduated. Deb remembers that "round graduation time, Dr. Helen-Jean Moore spoke to me one day in the library. She was very direct. 'Now that you have received this wonderful education, how do you plan to give back?' I confess that I was clueless. I'm sure my blank stare was very disappointing to her. But her words were not lost."

"Through college we knew we would pursue professional careers in public relations and marketing," Bob adds. "We planned on raising a family. While during the early years we worked separately for various organizations, in 2002 we opened PRworks, Inc. We knew we could work together but every day? In the same office? Turns out, these were the best years of our professional careers – working together as a team."

"Over the years," says Deb, "Bob and I made it a point to use our knowledge, skills and abilities to 'give back' to non-profit organizations, to students just starting their careers, to experienced practitioners looking to move on to the next level."

In addition to all their wonderful one-on-one mentoring, teaching and professional development, Bob and Deb have created a bequest in their will to support the Vincent LaBarbera Scholarship fund, which supports Journalism and Mass communication students.

"It is important to us to help other people seeking a quality education," says Bob, "including Point Park as a beneficiary in our estate plans means that in some small way, we will be able to answer Dr. Moore's challenge. We are grateful for all that Point Park did for us as students. We are proud to be graduates. We are pleased to give back."

Interested in establishing your own legacy through a gift, stock transfer or bequest? Contact Beth Exton, director of development at 412-392-4777 or bexton@pointpark.edu or visit plannedgiving.pointpark.edu.