W.B. Riley SocietyThe W.B. Riley Society was established to honor the lifelong dedication of University of Northwestern donors who are committed to Northwestern's long-term stability through its endowment funds.
- Provide for charitable bequests in their wills
- Make University of Northwestern and Northwestern Media a beneficiary of a trust, insurance policy, property, IRA account, money market account or similar fund
- Create a charitable gift annuity or some other life income plan agreement
If you are interested in leaving Northwestern part of your estate and would like to know the wording you should include in your will or trust documents, learn about bequest language.
If you've made a bequest to support University of Northwestern and Northwestern Media in your will, we would like to say thank you and express our appreciation in addition to including you in the W.B. Riley Society. Please tell us about your gift.
- Members will receive a certificate of membership.
- New members will be honored at the annual W.B. Riley Society event in the fall
Dr. Riley was born in Green County, Indiana, on March 22, 1861. He spent his boyhood in Kentucky where he made his profession of faith at age 17.
His education included Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana (A.B.,1885), and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky (M.A.,1888). He received honorary degrees from Union University and John Brown University.
Dr. Riley held pastorates in First Baptist Church in Warsaw and First Baptist Church in Carrolton, Kentucky (1884-1887); Tabernacle Church in New Albany, Indiana (1887-1888); First Baptist Church in Bloomington, Illinois (1891-1893); Calvary Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois (1893-1897); and First Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota (1897-1947).
Dr. Riley was known nationally as a Bible speaker and was famous for his debates against evolution and modernism. He authored more than 75 books of Bible exposition. He passed away in Minneapolis on December 5, 1947.