^^^ So much this, clack.
We met Richard as he was being phased out of what must have been a smaller privately-held insurance company. That means he wouldn’t have been getting the raises the young hotshots were getting. Even today Hartford, CT insurance VPs earn around $250,000 before bonuses. And Richard really sucked at money management if he put his retirement at risk when he was so old.
About the building, the only mitigating factor could be Richard’s father’s foundation, which I would have presumed he had some role in after Trix died.
Simply a recent renovation of a building at Yale, the chemistry lab, cost $84 million and took years in this decade. No way a new astronomy center could have been executed in half a year back then.
If we seriously postulate that they could afford the building, a $250,000 trust fund for Rory would have been trivial and not worth thinking about, much less fighting about.
Gilmore money voodoo. Sheesh.