Beverly attended the University of Illinois for two years before she had to leave. She was a strong supporter of education throughout her life. It was important to her that those around her had the opportunity to pursue their educational dreams because she herself did not get that chance. She believed in teachers and in their ability to make a difference in the lives of the children they teach.
When her granddaughter Marissa was diagnosed with a genetic disorder, Rett Syndrome, it was Beverly who would become one of her strongest advocates.
Acting on their desire to help children and their families in a tangible way, Beverly and her husband Phillip Goldstick, generously endowed a sustainable training and research program in the area of communication disorders in the Department of Special Education at the College of Education. Their goals are to help teachers find new methods and practices to work with individuals with disabilities, providing them opportunities to live as independently as possible in their homes, neighborhoods, and communities.