Edgar M. Thrift, Jr. Receives Bellarmine President’s Award

Posted: October 27, 2016

We held our 38th Annual President’s Award Dinner the evening of October 26 in the Samuel A. Liccardo Campus Center. The donor recognition event, attended by 300 guests, featured the presentation of the President’s Award, given each year to an individual (or couple) who has demonstrated support to Bellarmine in a variety of ways.

Mr. Chris Meyercord, president of Bellarmine, bestowed the award upon this year’s recipient, Edgar M. Thrift, Jr., a Bellarmine alumnus of the Class of 1961, who enjoyed a successful career as a commercial real estate developer at Lincoln Property Company LPC, and Legacy Partners LPC, for which he was president until stepping down in 2000. Thrift’s father, Edgar Thrift, Sr., was a member of Bellarmine’s Class of 1926, the first year that students graduated from the school at its current College Park campus.

A product of Catholic education, including St. Leo the Great School, Bellarmine, and Santa Clara University, Thrift refers to Bellarmine as, “the delight of my life,” and he credits the school for preparing him to live the motto of being a Man For and With Others.

Among his most transformative philanthropic endeavors was the founding in 1989 of “Our House,” a shelter and outreach program for runaway youth that was established as part of Emergency Housing Consortium, the San Jose-based nonprofit agency now known as Home First.

Ed’s involvement at Bellarmine includes having served on its Board of Regents from 1985-2003, of which he is a past chair, previous positions on several committees and a capital campaign task force, and active engagement as a mentor to students through the annual Senior Networking Luncheon. His generous financial support is exemplary, and includes membership in the Mater Dei Legacy Society as Bellarmine is a beneficiary through Ed’s estate planning.

During the President’s Award presentation, Meyercord noted that Thrift is “a passionate leader for the school, profoundly committed to the Jesuits, and grateful for the role they played in his own development.”

The event included remarks by Bellarmine senior Miguel Diaz of San Jose, who conveyed his appreciation to the donors whose support advances opportunities for students, and who reflected upon his four years at the school, noting that, “Bellarmine has been my home away from home, my safe space, and my family,” and that the school has enabled him to grow “academically, spiritually, and morally.”

Thrift and his wife, Gail, recently celebrated their 25th year of marriage. They enjoy their time in Capitola and Idaho with their five grandchildren, as well as with Ed’s son, Edgar M. Thrift, III, and daughter, Terri Noto.

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