Dr. Beverly M. Bixler

Dr. Beverly M. Bixler

Born and raised in Kalalmazoo, Michigan, Beverly graduated cum laude in 1952 from Western Michigan College of Education (now Western Michigan University) with majors in Spanish and English. She received her master’s degree from the University of Iowa and her doctorate from Case Western Reserve University—both in Spanish—in 1954 and 1973.

After teaching in high schools in Michigan and Iowa, Beverly taught at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, until marrying George L. McCormick in 1961. She then taught at Hathaway Brown School for girls in Shaker Heights. Moving to Ashland in 1965, she taught Spanish at Ashland College, retiring in 1983. She was chairman of the department of Foreign Languages and was later granted status of associate professor emerita.

George McCormick died in 1974 and in 1979 Beverly married Dr. Raymond W. Bixler who had taught at the college for forty-three years and whose first wife also died in 1974. He died in 1990.

Dr. Bixler enjoys traveling, church work, and writing. For years she has written book reviews for the church newsletter and also does reviewing for “Church & Synagogue Libraries.”

A member of the Stephen Ministry at the First Presbyterian Church since 1990, she is currently its coordinator. Dr. Bixler serves on the executive committee of the Friends of the Ashland University Library. She was a member of Altrusa International for 21 years, serving as president of this former club from 1980 to 1981. Beverly’s home is never without a cat and she enjoys collecting anything with a feline motif.

“I have received so much from Ashland, my home for more than half my life,” says Dr. Bixler, “that I feel it most fitting to establish a fund at ACCF to benefit areas of the community that have meant so much to me.”

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Bruce Bigham

Bruce Bigham

The Bighams came to Ashland in November of 1962 in order for Mr. Bigham to serve as general manager of Ashland Rubber Products. He remained with Ashland Rubber Products for approximately 20 years. Mr. Bigham served in the Ashland City Planning Committee for a number of years and as clerk of the session of the First Presbyterian Church. In total, his years of service in the church were 18. Further, he worked with Habitat for Humanity constructing houses for worthy families.

His appreciation for learning and the availability of learning resources was demonstrated by his support of the Friends of the Ashland University Library and the Ashland Public Library. For many years, Mr. Bigham was a member of the Dr. Frank Laubach teaching group. The Laubach message was “Every one teach one to read.” This group carried the Laubach philosophy to area people to improve and develop their reading skills.

Mr. Bigham’s joy of living in Ashland is expressed by his quotation, “When you come from Detroit, you especially appreciate the Ashland Community.” This appreciation is demonstrated by his charitable gift annuity held by ACCF. The residual of the annuity will support the Ashland Theological Seminary and the Ashland County Community Foundation. The Foundation will enrich a lasting future in Ashland County.

Bruce and Margo Bigham have two children. Both children graduated from Ashland College.

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Debra Lynne Biddinger

Debra Lynne Biddinger

Debra is a life-long resident of Ashland. She graduated from Ashland High School in 1976 and graduated cum laude from Ashland College in 1980 with a BA in Political Science.

Miss Biddinger is currently employed as an Inspector with Lake Erie Frozen Foods and had previously worked at Hawkins Market on Center Street for 22 years.

She enjoys reading, writing, current political activities, Cleveland Cavaliers basketball and NASCAR racing. With a sincere love of animals, she is a member of the United States Humane Society and the Humane Society of Ottawa County in Port Clinton, Ohio.

Debra stated in speaking of her decision to give for generations to come, “At the age of 11 when I began as a newspaper carrier for the Ashland Times-Gazette, I developed an appreciation for the Ashland community as ‘Someplace Special.’ I realized the kindness and generosity of its citizens.”

It is Miss Biddinger’s desire that through her gift to the Ashland County Community Foundation, others can appreciate the kindness and generosity she has experienced and treasures.

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Arlene Beebe

Arlene Beebe

After a lifetime of teaching, Arlene Stauffer Beebe is dedicating her legacy to the Ashland County Community Foundation for the benefit of children, church and the community.

Arlene was born and grew up in Ashland with an identical twin sister who lives in Chicago. Her father taught her to always save before she spent and over the years the savings (invested) have multiplied so she can share with both her family and the community.

She has traveled throughout the world and tried to live a life of service in her church, hospital, Red Cross and tutoring literacy volunteers.

Arlene has a Masters Degree in Education and was an Ashland University Adjunct professor after 30 years’ classroom teaching in New York and Chicago.

Presently she enjoys reading and swimming. Traveling and bicycling were given up after back surgeries.

The Ashland County Community Foundation seemed a suitable, wonderful way to perpetuate good for children as well as the community.

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F. Dean and Joan Bartosic

F. Dean and Joan Bartosic

Dean and Joan were married in June 1950. The family moved from Connecticut to Ashland in 1969 when Dean left American Can Company to assume presidency of the Garber Company. He, with four associates, later purchased the company and Dean retired in 1994. The Bartosics are Eucharistic Ministers at St. Edward’s Church in Ashland. Their long-time belief in the positive impact a faith-based education can have on children prompted them to be among the major supporters of St. Edward’s School. The Bartosic family consists of a daughter, six sons, and 13 grandchildren.

Mr. and Mrs. Dean Bartosic believe The Ashland County Community Foundation is an excellent vehicle to handle legacy bequests. Not only will the income from a bequest continue to benefit a charity forever, but the original gift will increase in value, as will the income from the gift.

A significant part of their legacy to the Foundation is specified as “unrestricted.” Dean stated, “We cannot tell today who will be the most needy fifty years from now. But through the years, the sixteen-member Board of Trustees will make those decisions, and unrestricted funds will be distributed by the trustees where they are most needed.”

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Sue E. Banks

Sue E. Banks

Sue Banks began and ended her educational career in Loudonville, Ohio, by graduating from Loudonville High School in 1968 and retiring as the L.H.S. Guidance Counselor in 2003. Sue strongly believes in the importance of communication, a tool to strengthen relationships among individuals and communities.

Based on her desire to establish opportunities, especially for young people, Sue has used education and travel activities to help enhance communication possibilities. These opportunities include the creation of a scholarship and a campership in her name.

Because this philosophy is depicted daily in the work of the Ashland County Community Foundation, she has chosen to engage ACCF in the continuation of her dreams. Sue is confident that this partnership will promote many more positive relationships … for generations to come.

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