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Ongoing IMPACT Ma & Mickey Phelps Scholarship

Creating a Legacy For Bob Forbes '59, Adrian College has been family, literally. Bob met his wife, the late Louise Ferris Forbes ’59, when they were students. Bob’s uncle, Sherman Coy ‘26, and cousin, Professor David Coy ’75, are also graduates of AC. As a student, Bob was a member of the SAE fraternity and played on the golf team. The campus has always been a home away from home for him, so establishing a scholarship to help future students feel the same way was an easy decision. Bob elected to name Adrian College as the beneficiary of his charitable remainder unitrust (CRUT) and set up a scholarship as part of the IMPACT Campaign. He worked with his financial adviser and notified the College of his intentions. From there, Bob worked with Jim Mahony, vice president for development, on criteria for the scholarship. The entire process was quite simple, but the lasting impact Bob will have on future Adrian College students will be extraordinary.

Ronald L. Reeves Scholarship The Ronald L. Reeves Scholarship has been established in memory of past Adrian College vice president for development, Adrian College Trustee and alumnus Ronald Reeves ‘64, who passed away in April after a hard fought battle with cancer.  Most Adrian College alumni and friends had the honor of knowing or working with Ron through the years, and all have many fond memories of Ron and are better people because of his influence. “All of our lives were made better having known Ron and benefitting from his friendship,” President Jeffrey R. Docking said. “He cared deeply for Adrian College and everyone associated with it.”  

Arlene “Ma” and Mickey Phelps, two of the most beloved members of the Adrian College family, are being honored through an endowed scholarship. Mrs. Phelps served as resident director and conference director from 1978 until her retirement in 1991. Ma Phelps was also the first recipient of the AC Stewardship Award in 2009, having been recognized for her exemplary service to the students and the College throughout her time as an employee. Mickey Phelps was also a dedicated member of the family, serving as a safety officer and director of security at the College for many years. Tony Hoskins ’92 said, “If you had the pleasure of knowing Ma and Mickey, you were treated like one of their own. Whether you were an athlete, traditional or non-traditional student, they always wanted to ensure that your experience at AC was the best possible. For many of us, they became our home-away-from-home parents.”




Make tax-free, annual gifts to Adrian College from your individual retirement account.

• Must be 70½ Years Old • Qualifies for Required Minimum Distribution •Transfer up to $100,000 per year • Make Your IMPACT Today

Following a career with Venchurs Packaging, Ron returned to his alma mater to serve as the vice president for development in 2006. During his tenure, Ron oversaw fundraising during a pivotal time in Adrian College's history that enabled the institution to fund its successful Renaissance Campaign. He was a highly skilled fundraiser and was deeply committed to the betterment of the Adrian College community. “Ron left an indelible impression on the College and the campus community. His ability to forge deeply personal connections with a wide range of people allowed Ron to play crucial a role in making the vision of Adrian College a reality.  He was a true partner to the community and a visionary leader,” added Dr. Frank Hribar, vice president for enrollment and student affairs. Ron and his wife, Kay Reed Reeves ‘62, are true Bulldogs, with their son, Aaron, who graduated from the College in 1987. Ron and Kay were recognized for their dedication to the College in 1995 with the Alumni Service Award. Ron remained very active on campus following his retirement, serving as chair of the TKE Alumni Advisory Board. Ron was an integral part of TKE from the beginning with the fraternity’s initial charter, as was he with the re-chartering of the Theta Omicron Chapter in 2010. He was an avid supporter of Bulldogs athletics and was the announcer for many years for Adrian College basketball. Ron will be missed dearly by the entire Bulldog family.

To make a donation of any kind to these scholarships, please contact the development office or use the enclosed mailer.

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