Our cousins over in the U.K. seem to be experiencing the Surprise Millionaire phenomenon themselves. A thrifty music teacher leaves a wonderful legacy to help children in Africa. Thank you Helen Ruddock for your wonderful gift that will provide clean drinking water for thousands in sub-Saharan Africa! I wonder, could the Surprise Millionaire phenomenon be going international?
… he taught me that it’s not about yourself. ‘Do something for someone else — someone you’ll never meet.’
I’m sure there are many of us who could tell a story about a teacher who once inspired us, made us think about life in a different way or just made learning fun! Today’s Surprise Millionaire did all of those things while accumulating some wealth along the way.
High school chemistry teacher Pat ‘Weird’ Ward inspired his students with his wacky way of teaching chemistry. This led his students to bestow upon him the honorary moniker of ‘Weird’ Ward. Mr. Ward was also the type of teacher who inspired his students to reach for more in life than what they thought they might attain in their Tulsa Oklahoma neighborhoods. So it was no surprise upon his passing that this long time educator left a bequest to education. However, the size and scope of the gift was quite unexpected.
A retired school teacher and wheat farmer caused quite a stir in her Western Oklahoma community when she remembered some important causes in her will. Wheat wasn’t the only thing she was growing on that farm. She had a nice nest egg as well!
An enterprising math teacher thought of an inventive way to teach his students exactly what a “million” meant. This is just one of the many ways this dedicated teacher, train engineer and business owner found to help his students, both past and present, as well as the community of Winona Minnesota at large. Is it any “surprise” that this unassuming man would turn out to be a very wealthy man? If you are a regular reader of this blog I think you know the answer to that!
Kathleen Magowan, a retired school teacher who was surprised by her own wealth!