A Family Legacy of Elmhurst Support

Photo of Joel Herter '59Joel Herter, ’59, a member of Elmhurst College’s Board of Trustees, credits Elmhurst for his career path and good fortune.

Born and raised in Elmhurst, Joel’s beginnings were humble. After graduating from York High School, he worked to put himself through college, receiving some help from his uncle. At Elmhurst, he met his wife, Nancy, ’61, a Wisconsin native, on what he calls a “semi-blind” date at a school dance. Three children and four grandchildren later, they have been together for over 50 years.

Reflecting on his college days, Joel was inspired early on to pursue a career in accounting. He had many influential professors, one of whom even traveled to Wisconsin to attend Joel and Nancy’s wedding. After graduating from Elmhurst, Joel became one of the founders of Wolf & Company LLP, an accounting firm he built into a national practice. In his role, he mentored and hired several Elmhurst students, two of whom are now partners of the firm.

Elmhurst College is clearly part of the Herter family legacy. Two of Joel and Nancy’s daughters are graduates, and the other received her teaching certificate from the College. This past May, one of their granddaughters graduated from Elmhurst as well.

Loyal to Elmhurst, the Herters have made a planned gift through a charitable remainder unitrust. They have chosen to leave their gift unrestricted, allowing the College to invest it where the need is greatest. Joel also is a recipient of the Founders Medal and both he and Nancy have received the Alumni Merit Award. An inductee into the Bluejay Backer Hall of Fame, Joel remains a fan of Elmhurst athletics. As Joel proudly says, “Our family is committed to supporting Elmhurst College


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