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Jim Shumate ’79

A Tribute to Colin

Colin ShumateRecently Jim Shumate redrew his estate plans, and there is now a provision in his will to benefit the Air Force Academy. The 1979 graduate resides in Colorado Springs where he retired from active service as a Colonel in 2004. He is now at Analytic Services Inc. (ANSER), a public-service research institute. 

Active in the community, church and fitness endeavors, he has also been engaged in the Academy, participating in the 1979 Challenge to help fund the now-completed Holaday Athletic Center.

"We USAFA graduates have been given great opportunities, and I have personally reaped the benefits of those opportunities; consequently, we should try to pay back in some way," Jim says of his USAFA involvement.

So when Jim updated his will, he also decided to name the USAFA Endowment as a beneficiary to honor his son, Colin, a 2010 graduate who tragically passed away in early 2011.

"It was relatively simple process, and the Endowment provided some of the language needed to make it possible," Jim says. "I'm pleased to do this as my legacy, and as a tribute to my son."

Jim and his daughter, Carley, a junior at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana, have received a huge outpouring of support from the Academy community.

"I took for granted the benefits of USAFA for the longest time,"Jim says. "It was only after I started observing what my education and contacts meant relative to my Air Force career and post-Air Force life that I saw how important USAFA was to me. We earned a degree from USAFA; we can afford to give a little back for that degree."

To learn more about how to name the Academy as a beneficiary, contact the USAFA Endowment.