Nellie Gail Moulton legacy society honors those caring and visionary individuals who, through their estate plans, make generous contributions that help to secure the future of Laguna College of Art and Design.
Nellie Gail was born in Irving, Kansas on December 8, 1878 and spent her childhood in Nebraska. In the early 1900’s, she was a schoolteacher in the Seattle area of Washington State. In 1908, she fell in love with and married Lewis Moulton. By that time, Moulton had acquired 22,000 acres of land in Southern California. Much of this land was in use as a cattle ranch and it was here that the newlyweds soon settled and raised their two daughters, Charlotte and Louise. After Mr. Moulton’s death in 1938, Nellie Gail Moulton continued managing the land until 1950, when she turned over land operations to her daughters, their husbands and Mr. Moulton’s business partner’s three daughters. The Orange County ranch land was slowly divided and sold off. In 1976, the Mission Viejo Company made the final purchase of this land.
Nellie Gail Moulton was an active patron of the arts and was, herself, an accomplished painter. She studied under famed Laguna Beach artist Anna Althea Hills (1882 – 1930). Nellie Gail Moulton was a founding member of Laguna College of Art and Design and, in 1961, provided the first significant gift to the fledgling college.
Nellie Gail Moulton’s family continues to foster her legacy at Laguna College of Art and Design.
You can make a positive impact on the lives of our students and our community by supporting LCAD in a variety of ways:
Nellie Gail Moulton Legacy Society Membership
To become a member of Nellie Gail Moulton Legacy Society, simply name Laguna College of Art and Design as a beneficiary through a bequest in your estate plan, trust, gift annuity, pooled income fund or life insurance policy. You also can leave Laguna College of Art and Design as the death beneficiary on a bank account, commercial annuity or qualified retirement plan (IRA, 401K, etc.).
Benefits of membership in the Nellie Gail Moulton Legacy Society include:
-Your name on Donor Recognition wall in LCAD Welcome Center
-Invitation to annual Nellie Gail Moulton Legacy Society member luncheon hosted by President Jonathan Burke
-Invitation to private LCAD receptions
-Priority access to LCAD publications
-Special memento recognizing your Nellie Gail Moulton Legacy Society membership
Perhaps your greatest satisfaction as a contributing member of Nellie Gail Moulton Legacy Society will come from the knowledge that your gift will continue Laguna College of Art and Design’s tradition of offering the finest personalized art and design education available. Your membership in Nellie Gail Moulton Legacy Society also will encourage others to make similar gifts to further LCAD’s mission as the premier art and design college in the nation.
To pledge a gift or to join Nellie Gail Moulton Legacy Society, please contact Dominic Mumolo at (949) 376-6000, ext. 257 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portrait of Nellie Gail Moulton by LCAD Fine Arts BFA Alumna and MFA Candidate, Averi Endow