William and Joan Roth (far right) with SSU Preserves Director Claudia Luke (second from left) and their children (left to right) Maggie, Jessica, Grandson Willem Vorster and his mother Ana Roth.
Less than a year before his death this May, William Matson Roth was thinking of Sonoma State University (SSU) and the nature preserve that he and his family's philanthropy had created in the hills above the campus.
In their most recent "gift of generosity," William and Joan Roth, and their children Jessica, Maggie, and Ana, donated a 40-acre parcel at the top of Sonoma Mountain to cement the future of the 450-acre Fairfield Osborn Preserve they had helped create.
"At SSU, we teach students of all ages and from all disciplines about the importance of their connections to local environments - something that they can carry with them throughout their careers," says SSU Preserves Director Claudia Luke.
"The Roth family's generous donation and history of giving has created a legacy of learning for generations."