Major Gift Announcement: The Peters Legacy Society

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~In Memory of R. Kingman Webster~


We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of R. Kingman “King” Webster, a longtime confidant to Pioneer’s founder, Lovett C. “Pete” Peters, a benefactor for almost two decades, and a key member of the Institute’s early Board of Directors.

After retiring from a fourth generation, family-owned business in 1989, Kingman and his wife Dee shifted their focus toward philanthropy – concentrating on common sense education reform and helping underprivileged youth trapped in failing schools.

In addition to Pioneer, King promoted numerous initiatives such as the “I Have a Dream” project at Arlington Middle School, and the Community Day and Family Development Charter Schools, both based in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Though we have lost a true friend and ally, Kingman’s legacy endures at Pioneer. This summer, his estate made a transformational gift to the Institute in the amount of $756,000.

King was a special man, who shared Pete’s deep devotion to ensuring educational excellence and opportunity for all schoolchildren, regardless of family background or zip code.

The Institute has, with this bequest, established the Peters Legacy Society for those individuals who share King’s values.

As we continue to advance the Peters Legacy Society, please consider joining the Websters and including Pioneer in your estate plans. Learn about the many ways to give to Pioneer.