Constructing a Legacy

Kitty Rodman

Kitty Rodman was a staple at many UNLV events, such as this UNLV Foundation luncheon.

During her 50+ years in the construction business in Nevada, Kitty Rodman gained the moniker of Las Vegas's First Lady of Construction. Now the long-time advocate for UNLV and other Nevada non- profits, who passed away on February 27, 2014, has also earned the title of Las Vegas's First Lady of Philanthropy. The UNLV Foundation recently announced a $12.9 million gift from Rodman's estate to UNLV's College of Education. The funds will support scholarships and graduate fellowships for students studying special education.

Rodman's bequest is the largest realized estate gift the university has ever received. It is also the university's top scholarship gift, as well as the most significant gift made to the College of Education. The gift is expected to generate more than $400,000 for awards each year.

Rodman, named a Distinguished Nevadan in 1991 and a 2005 recipient of the Silver State Award, served as a UNLV Foundation trustee for 25 years and was a founding member of the UNLV Jean Nidetch Women's Center. She helped establish UNLV's physical therapy program, funded residence halls on campus, and supported a host of academic and athletic programs. She was a passionate supporter of those with special needs.

"Rodman's legacy of giving to UNLV was widespread but strongly focused on students," said UNLV President Donald Snyder. "Her commitment to UNLV was only matched by her support of Opportunity Village and adults with intellectual disabilities, and her estate gift to UNLV for special education fills a large university and community need, but also continues her support for citizens with special needs."

The UNLV Foundation raised nearly $44 million in support of scholarships over the past five years.

If you, like Kitty, would like to take part in creating a better educational experience for students at UNLV, visit the UNLV Foundation online for information.

Contact Bud Beekman at 702-895-2841 or bud.beekman@unlv.edu to learn about a gift option that fits your lifestyle and helps you and your loved ones reach financial goals.