Development Spotlight: Chuck Stoddard & the Bell Museum

Chuck Stoddard remembers his first visits to the Bell Museum on Sunday afternoons in the early 1940's when his grandparents took him there to see wildlife movies and browse the newly created dioramas. Chuck shared, "Those days remain very special to me." Chuck hasn't forgotten his Bell experiences and recently documented his intent to include the Bell Museum and Carlson in his estate plan, stating that his years at the University of Minnesota were, "The best years of my life and I want to give back!"

He recently was invited to tour the now-closed Bell Museum at its East Bank location and was able to view a model of the new museum. Chuck was struck by how much better the new and more flexible St. Paul campus facility will be in terms of relevancy and its ability to bring the Bell's message to the public versus the beloved but rather outdated museum facility. 

Chuck received his Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management in 1959. He spent many years of his career working as a financial adviser for Wells Fargo. After retiring from full time work, he continues to do stock market research for them weekly and has no plans to retire entirely.

Thank you, Chuck, for honoring the memories you have of the Bell Museum with your generous bequest.

Learn more about the new St. Paul campus site of the Bell Museum + Planetarium, by clicking here.

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