Beth K. Stocker Legacy Continues

{mosimage}Lorain County Community College Foundation Receives
$5 million Estate Gift

Mrs. Beth K. Stocker made an incredible impact during her lifetime – on people, in the community and on institutions.  Through a generous bequest to Lorain County Community College Foundation (Elyria, Ohio), her impact will continue in perpetuity.

Lorain County Community College Foundation is among the beneficiaries of the Beth K. Stocker estate.  The LCCC Foundation received a $5 million endowed gift to support programming at the C. Paul Stocker Fine Arts and Humanities Center on the college’s campus, LCCC’s University Partnership Program and LCCC Foundation’s general endowment fund. 

Mrs. Stocker passed away in 2005 at the age of 97.  “For those fortunate enough to have known her, she will always be remembered as a lady of great grace and kindness.  She was passionate about education and valued knowledge and learning.  Beth cared about community and about people.  She had a love for the arts.  She was generous and she was humble, very humble,” said Lorain County Community College President Dr. Roy Church.

Mrs. Stocker and her husband Paul were part of the original visionary citizens group that helped create Lorain County Community College.  “She believed in the importance of education and wanted to ensure local access,” said Dr. Church.  “She dedicated a great deal of time to LCCC’s development and growth by serving on the LCCC Foundation Board for a number of years.  She always wanted to help students and did so by supporting scholarships for students in need.”

Paul and Beth Stocker were entrepreneurs in both industry and community.  As an electrical engineer and inventor, Paul Stocker co-founded Lorain Products in 1936.  The company, based in Lorain, Ohio, engineered and manufactured telecommunications equipment worldwide.  The company has experienced several mergers and acquisitions since first being sold in 1973 to Reliance Electric, but still maintains an engineering division in Lorain.

With an entrepreneurial spirit and the support of other community leaders, Paul and Beth championed the creation of a performing arts center at Lorain County Community College as the state’s first performing arts venue located on a community college campus.  Sadly, Paul passed away in 1978 before the Center was completed.  In recognition of Paul’s leadership and service, the Center was permanently named the C. Paul Stocker Fine Arts and Humanities Center.  In 2005 as part of the Center’s 25th anniversary, the LCCC District and Foundation Boards named the Center’s art gallery as the Beth K. Stocker Art Gallery in honor and recognition of Mrs. Stocker’s lifetime of service and support to Lorain County Community College.

“Since opening in 1980, the Stocker Arts Center has served over 1 million patrons and is among the leading providers of children’s programs in the state,” said Dr. Church.  “Beth was an annual subscriber to the Center and helped establish the Stocker Center endowment fund at the LCCC Foundation.  She wanted to ensure the community received quality, affordable arts programming through Stocker Center.”

Beth, from Paul’s estate, established The Stocker Foundation, a private grant making foundation to ensure ongoing community support in the areas of arts, education, youth, and self-help for the disadvantaged and disabled.  She served as president of the board of Stocker Foundation from 1979 to 2003.

“Beth’s generosity was awe-inspiring, though she was always very modest.  We are all blessed to have known Beth and experience her kindness.  Her last gift will help continue her remarkable legacy and benefit LCCC students and our community for generations to come,” said President Church.

 

The Lorain County Community College Foundation, a separate non-profit, tax-exempt organization, serves as the direct support organization for Lorain County Community College.  The LCCC Foundation provides support for scholarships, equipment and programs to help advance the mission and strategic priorities of Lorain County Community College.

Beth K. Stocker Legacy Continues

{mosimage}Lorain County Community College Foundation Receives
$5 million Estate Gift

Mrs. Beth K. Stocker made an incredible impact during her lifetime – on people, in the community and on institutions.  Through a generous bequest to Lorain County Community College Foundation (Elyria, Ohio), her impact will continue in perpetuity.

Lorain County Community College Foundation is among the beneficiaries of the Beth K. Stocker estate.  The LCCC Foundation received a $5 million endowed gift to support programming at the C. Paul Stocker Fine Arts and Humanities Center on the college’s campus, LCCC’s University Partnership Program and LCCC Foundation’s general endowment fund. 

Mrs. Stocker passed away in 2005 at the age of 97.  “For those fortunate enough to have known her, she will always be remembered as a lady of great grace and kindness.  She was passionate about education and valued knowledge and learning.  Beth cared about community and about people.  She had a love for the arts.  She was generous and she was humble, very humble,” said Lorain County Community College President Dr. Roy Church.

Mrs. Stocker and her husband Paul were part of the original visionary citizens group that helped create Lorain County Community College.  “She believed in the importance of education and wanted to ensure local access,” said Dr. Church.  “She dedicated a great deal of time to LCCC’s development and growth by serving on the LCCC Foundation Board for a number of years.  She always wanted to help students and did so by supporting scholarships for students in need.”

Paul and Beth Stocker were entrepreneurs in both industry and community.  As an electrical engineer and inventor, Paul Stocker co-founded Lorain Products in 1936.  The company, based in Lorain, Ohio, engineered and manufactured telecommunications equipment worldwide.  The company has experienced several mergers and acquisitions since first being sold in 1973 to Reliance Electric, but still maintains an engineering division in Lorain.

With an entrepreneurial spirit and the support of other community leaders, Paul and Beth championed the creation of a performing arts center at Lorain County Community College as the state’s first performing arts venue located on a community college campus.  Sadly, Paul passed away in 1978 before the Center was completed.  In recognition of Paul’s leadership and service, the Center was permanently named the C. Paul Stocker Fine Arts and Humanities Center.  In 2005 as part of the Center’s 25th anniversary, the LCCC District and Foundation Boards named the Center’s art gallery as the Beth K. Stocker Art Gallery in honor and recognition of Mrs. Stocker’s lifetime of service and support to Lorain County Community College.

“Since opening in 1980, the Stocker Arts Center has served over 1 million patrons and is among the leading providers of children’s programs in the state,” said Dr. Church.  “Beth was an annual subscriber to the Center and helped establish the Stocker Center endowment fund at the LCCC Foundation.  She wanted to ensure the community received quality, affordable arts programming through Stocker Center.”

Beth, from Paul’s estate, established The Stocker Foundation, a private grant making foundation to ensure ongoing community support in the areas of arts, education, youth, and self-help for the disadvantaged and disabled.  She served as president of the board of Stocker Foundation from 1979 to 2003.

“Beth’s generosity was awe-inspiring, though she was always very modest.  We are all blessed to have known Beth and experience her kindness.  Her last gift will help continue her remarkable legacy and benefit LCCC students and our community for generations to come,” said President Church.

 

The Lorain County Community College Foundation, a separate non-profit, tax-exempt organization, serves as the direct support organization for Lorain County Community College.  The LCCC Foundation provides support for scholarships, equipment and programs to help advance the mission and strategic priorities of Lorain County Community College.

Beth K. Stocker Legacy Continues

{mosimage}Lorain County Community College Foundation Receives
$5 million Estate Gift

Mrs. Beth K. Stocker made an incredible impact during her lifetime – on people, in the community and on institutions.  Through a generous bequest to Lorain County Community College Foundation (Elyria, Ohio), her impact will continue in perpetuity.

Lorain County Community College Foundation is among the beneficiaries of the Beth K. Stocker estate.  The LCCC Foundation received a $5 million endowed gift to support programming at the C. Paul Stocker Fine Arts and Humanities Center on the college’s campus, LCCC’s University Partnership Program and LCCC Foundation’s general endowment fund. 

Mrs. Stocker passed away in 2005 at the age of 97.  “For those fortunate enough to have known her, she will always be remembered as a lady of great grace and kindness.  She was passionate about education and valued knowledge and learning.  Beth cared about community and about people.  She had a love for the arts.  She was generous and she was humble, very humble,” said Lorain County Community College President Dr. Roy Church.

Mrs. Stocker and her husband Paul were part of the original visionary citizens group that helped create Lorain County Community College.  “She believed in the importance of education and wanted to ensure local access,” said Dr. Church.  “She dedicated a great deal of time to LCCC’s development and growth by serving on the LCCC Foundation Board for a number of years.  She always wanted to help students and did so by supporting scholarships for students in need.”

Paul and Beth Stocker were entrepreneurs in both industry and community.  As an electrical engineer and inventor, Paul Stocker co-founded Lorain Products in 1936.  The company, based in Lorain, Ohio, engineered and manufactured telecommunications equipment worldwide.  The company has experienced several mergers and acquisitions since first being sold in 1973 to Reliance Electric, but still maintains an engineering division in Lorain.

With an entrepreneurial spirit and the support of other community leaders, Paul and Beth championed the creation of a performing arts center at Lorain County Community College as the state’s first performing arts venue located on a community college campus.  Sadly, Paul passed away in 1978 before the Center was completed.  In recognition of Paul’s leadership and service, the Center was permanently named the C. Paul Stocker Fine Arts and Humanities Center.  In 2005 as part of the Center’s 25th anniversary, the LCCC District and Foundation Boards named the Center’s art gallery as the Beth K. Stocker Art Gallery in honor and recognition of Mrs. Stocker’s lifetime of service and support to Lorain County Community College.

“Since opening in 1980, the Stocker Arts Center has served over 1 million patrons and is among the leading providers of children’s programs in the state,” said Dr. Church.  “Beth was an annual subscriber to the Center and helped establish the Stocker Center endowment fund at the LCCC Foundation.  She wanted to ensure the community received quality, affordable arts programming through Stocker Center.”

Beth, from Paul’s estate, established The Stocker Foundation, a private grant making foundation to ensure ongoing community support in the areas of arts, education, youth, and self-help for the disadvantaged and disabled.  She served as president of the board of Stocker Foundation from 1979 to 2003.

“Beth’s generosity was awe-inspiring, though she was always very modest.  We are all blessed to have known Beth and experience her kindness.  Her last gift will help continue her remarkable legacy and benefit LCCC students and our community for generations to come,” said President Church.

 

The Lorain County Community College Foundation, a separate non-profit, tax-exempt organization, serves as the direct support organization for Lorain County Community College.  The LCCC Foundation provides support for scholarships, equipment and programs to help advance the mission and strategic priorities of Lorain County Community College.

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