The Edgehill Society

Dominican Heritage and Alumni HouseIn 1887 William and Helena Babcock moved into their new residence, which they named Edgehill for its prominent hilltop location in San Rafael, California. Helena passed away in 1887, and in 1895 Mr. Babcock met and married Julia May Beck. It was Julia who began to transform Edgehill from a country home into an elegant Victorian mansion, while Mr. Babcock, an amateur botanist, transformed the fifty acres surrounding it.

It was only two years after the Babcocks had taken up residence at Edgehill that the Dominican Sisters relocated, from Benicia to the same area as well, and in 1890 filed for incorporation of Dominican College, which conferred its first BA degree in 1922. In 1920 Julia Babcock sold the mansion to the Dominican Sisters, and in that same year the Dominican College seniors moved into the new residence hall, Edgehill.

For many alumni Edgehill was a home away from home until its closing in 1985. A two year restoration, funded by the generous gifts of our friends and alumni, brought this beautiful historic residence, now known as the Dominican Heritage and Alumni House, back to life to accommodate administrative offices and University events. Occupying such an integral role in Dominican's history made it seem a natural choice as the symbol for a membership society honoring those donors who are securing Dominican's continuing educational legacy by remembering Dominican in their estate plans and represents a celebration of their vision, values and goals.

Becoming a Member

Edgehill Society members are donors who have chosen to perpetuate their giving so that Dominican can continue to grow, innovate, provide an accessible and affordable education to all qualified students, and maintain its core values of study, reflection, community and service. Through thoughtful planning you can provide for yourself, those you care about, and Dominican. Among the ways to do this are by designating a percentage or specific dollar amount from your estate through your will or revocable trust; making a gift that will pay you an income for life such as an annuity or charitable trust; naming Dominican in an otherwise taxable retirement plan; or making Dominican the owner of a paid up life insurance policy that is no longer needed. Tell us what your personal goals and your vision for a better world are, and we may have a way to help you achieve them.

Among the Society's benefits are:

  • Knowing that your gift today will help ensure a future of outstanding education for Dominican students;
  • Invitations to special Campus events;
  • A special memento as an expression of our thanks and appreciation;
  • Listing in The Edgehill Society annual honor roll.
  • If you have a vision for Dominican that you would like to explore, contact Office of Gift Planning at (415) 257-1396 or We'll send you a free, no obligation package of information on how you can make a gift that can benefit you today and Dominican tomorrow.