Marilyn Link

Marilyn Link

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (HBOI) at Florida Atlantic University has always had strong links. The most noted "link" was Edwin A. Link, known as the inventor of the Link Flight Trainer and recognized as the father of flight simulation. In the early 1960s his interests turned to underwater ocean exploration and the design and development of tools for oceanographic research.

In 1974 Ed brought his sister, Marilyn C. Link, to work for HBOI. Throughout the last 36 years, Marilyn has become a lasting link to HBOI, serving as its first managing director and member of its board of trustees. Currently she serves as director emerita on the board of the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution Foundation Inc.

Marilyn's latest contribution is the establishment of a charitable gift annuity to fund an endowment benefiting interns at HBOI. The internships were started by the Link Foundation, an organization that Ed and his wife, Marion, established to support research, training and education. Over the past three decades, more than 460 students have benefited from the internships. In addition, in 1965, the Link Foundation supported the first undergraduate ocean engineering program at FAU.

The merger of HBOI with FAU expanded the philanthropic opportunities available to supporters of Harbor Branch through the FAU Foundation, including opportunities to participate in matching gift programs. By funding a charitable gift annuity today, Marilyn receives a tax deduction and quarterly payments based on her age while knowing the remaining principal will further her goals for a lasting Link internship program.

Marilyn feels that charitable gift annuities are good estate planning and excellent investments in today's economy. "I have two gift annuities with the FAU Foundation and both have worked like a charm," said Marilyn. "The set up and paperwork were simple and my payout is guaranteed. They're a win-win for future students and me. I encourage others to take a closer look."



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