From 1914 to 1946, George P. Cortner served the University of Redlands as business manager. At the conclusion of his tenure, he left behind a legacy of hard work, sacrifice, and service that has characterized the university ever since.
Cortner believed deeply in the value of a liberal arts education, and for 32 years he tirelessly devoted his energies to making Redlands a high quality liberal arts institution. During his service as business manager, he guided the construction of 13 buildings and the landscaping of the quadrangle, which included live oak saplings taken from the Cortner family home, all done with his characteristic integrity and all financed through his fundraising efforts.
Cortner's devotion extended beyond the university. He served the City of Redlands as mayor, as well as in many other capacities of public trust. In 1931, Cortner received the Knights of Round Table Grail Award in recognition of his unselfish civic service. Today, several familiar Redlands landmarks, including the Redlands Bowl and Sylvan Park, bear tribute to his commitment.
George P. Cortner Heritage Society honors Cortner for his many tangible and intangible legacies to the university. It also honors those special individuals who have committed themselves to leaving legacies of their own to Redlands.
Membership in the George P. Cortner Heritage Society
You are eligible for membership in the Cortner Society if have named the university as a beneficiary of one or more of the following:
- Your estate.
- A charitable remainder annuity trust or unitrust, a charitable gift annuity, or the University of Redlands Pooled Income Fund Trust.
- A qualified retirement plan (e.g., 401(k), 403(b), or IRA).
- A cash-value life insurance policy or a commercial annuity.
You are also eligible for membership if:
- You transfer certain real property to the university subject to a life estate.
- Name Redlands as an income beneficiary of a charitable lead trust.
As a member of the Cortner Society you would be listed along with the other members on a tasteful, understated plaque mounted in the foyer of the Casa Loma Room and annually in the Honor Roll of Donors. You also would receive special mailings and invitations to special events periodically.
Most important, you would enjoy the satisfaction that comes with knowing your generosity will help inspire the minds and shapes the hearts of Redlands students for all time.