Antique photo of Joseph Lee Heywood

The Joseph Lee Heywood Society

Anyone can join the Heywood Society. It is easy to do, does not have to alter your current lifestyle, and can be modified to address your changing needs.

The most straightforward way to become a member of the Heywood Society is to name Carleton a beneficiary of your retirement account or as a beneficiary in your will or trust.

How can I join?

There are several simple ways to include Carleton in your plans:

Once you complete your estate plans, please let Carleton know. We would like to thank you for your generosity by including you in the Joseph Lee Heywood Society.

Who was Joseph Lee Heywood?

Joseph Lee Heywood served as Carleton’s volunteer treasurer and a bank officer at the First National Bank of Northfield during the infamous James-Younger raid in 1876. Despite repeated threats from members of this notorious gang, he refused them access to the vault and was fatally shot. He was heralded locally and nationally for giving his life to prevent the robbery and protect the College’s resources. His name has been synonymous with uncommon loyalty ever since.

More than a century later, we honor both Heywood and those who embody his spirit and allegiance by showing exceptional devotion to the College. Through their gifts of future support, Heywood Society members pledge to safeguard Carleton’s excellence in liberal arts education for centuries to come.