CHICAGO (CBS) — Weeks after the Morning Insiders reported on Lisle man’s effort to get a Wisconsin navy academy to refund a donation made by his aged father with dementia, St. John’s Northwestern Navy Academy has agreed to return the entire cash.
Final month, George Hillier advised CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas his dad had donated 1000’s to St. John’s, the place he used to work.
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On the time, George mentioned he suspected his father’s well being was slipping however he didn’t know he had dementia.
“He mentioned, ‘Nicely son,’ and there was a pause,” Hillier mentioned. “He mentioned, ‘Son, that’s simple to do when you could have $63 million within the financial institution.”
He says his dad doesn’t have anyplace close to $63 million.
“I laughed and I assumed he was kidding me,” Hillier mentioned. “However then very shortly, I spotted that he was lifeless critical.”
That’s when Hillier began to look additional into his dad’s well being and discovered from a household physician that his dad has dementia.
He began to develop extra involved along with his dad’s funds. Seems, his dad donated at the very least $16,000 to the varsity over the course of a number of months.
George mentioned, attributable to his dementia, his father wants monetary oversight. He believes his dad could have meant to provide a pair thousand, however as for the remaining?
“They need to return to us so I might use for his or her care,” he mentioned on the time.
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However getting a refund from St. John’s wasn’t easy. Emails present a forwards and backwards between George’s legal professionals and the varsity’s legal professionals, relating to medical and authorized paperwork.
In April of this yr, Hillier’s lawyer despatched a letter from a physician saying his dad has dementia and “requires oversight for monetary issues.”
However the college’s lawyer mentioned for a refund, they’d want extra documentation. A faculty spokesperson mentioned they’re “nonetheless contemplating” the household’s request.
“I’m hoping they’ll see this story and suppose ‘wow, had been making a giant mistake right here with the Hilliers,’” George mentioned.
He moved his dad and mom to a reminiscence care facility earlier this yr.
“They’ve had an excellent life collectively,” he mentioned.
In August, St. John’s mentioned as soon as they get the extra paperwork they’ve requested, they’ll transfer towards a decision. They are saying George Hillier’s dad and mom are each beloved by their academy, they usually need to be sure all the correct steps are accomplished.
On Thursday, George knowledgeable CBS 2 that St. John’s had agreed to return 100% of the cash his father had donated.
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“Individuals do have empathy for those that are going by means of loads taking good care of their growing old dad and mom,” Hillier wrote in an e mail.