Arthur Society

Name after the Reverend Dr. C. Ralph Arthur for his legacy of fundraising as Ferrum's seventh President, the Arthur Society honors alumni and friends who give at least $1,000 to the Ferrum Fund (unrestricted operating fund) during the fiscal year.


2014–2015 Member List

Mr. William Aiken Jr. and Mrs. Lucy Aiken Mr. Donald Hopkins and Mrs. Leila Hopkins
Mr. Roger Anglin and Mrs. Sue Anglin Mrs. Hazel Hunt
Mr. C. Ralph Arthur Jr. and Mrs. Sarah Arthur Mr. Donald Jennings and Mrs. Eleanor Jennings
Mr. Parker Arthur and Mrs. Jan Arthur Mrs. Phyllis Karavatakis
Mr. Thomas Arthur and Mrs. Carolyn Arthur Ms. Patricia Kibler
Mr. Richard Baldwin Mr. Donald Koonce and Mrs. Barbara Koonce
Ms. Kimberly Blair Mr. Steven Lambert
Mr. Jeff Booker Mr. Sam Lionberger and Mrs. Lorinda Lionberger
Dr. Jennifer Braaten and Rev. Conrad Braaten Mr. Aubrey Mason and Mrs. Sandra Mason
Mr. Robert Brown Mr. Judson Mason and Mrs. Jackie Mason
Mr. Clay Campbell Ms. Jan Meriwether
Mr. H. Allen Carver Mr. E. Michael Mutchler
Mr. Troy Carver Ms. Kathleen O'Malley
Mrs. Ruth Chaney Ms. Martha Perry
Mr. Michael Christian and Mrs. Nancy Christian Mr. David Peterson
Dr. Douglas Clark Dr. Marvin Phaup Jr.
Mr. Peter Coley Mr. Baxter Phillips Jr. and Mrs. Sharon Phillips
Dr. Michael Colla and Mrs. Beth Colla Rev. Charles Pittman and Mrs. Shelby Pittman
Mrs. Patricia Compton Mr. Craig Rascoe
Mr. John Cougill Mr. Robert Ravenscroft and Mrs. Gretchen Ravenscroft
Mr. Gregory Craddock Ms. Lucy Ricardo
Mrs. Rosie Craig Mr. George Rich and Mrs. Karen Rich
Mrs. Thelma Crowder and Dr. Harold Crowder Rev. Amos Rideout Jr. and Mrs. Moonyeen Rideout
Mr. John DeTrana and Mrs. Mary DeTrana Mr. Walter Rugaber and Mrs. Sally Rugaber
Cmdr. Tom Downs * Mrs. Nancy Shively
Mr. Thomas Dyer Sr. and Mrs. Cindy Dyer Mr. Dee Slaughter
Capt. George Elliott Mrs. Irma Smart
Mr. Edmond Fitzgerald IV Dr. Richard Sours
Mrs. Betty Forbes and Mr. Stanley Forbes Sr. Mr. James Stanley
Mr. Stanley Forbes Jr. Dr. Gerard Taylor
Mr. Kenneth Gassman Jr. Mr. Glenn Thomsen
Rev. Richard Geoghegan and Mrs. Phyllis Geoghegan Mr. Mervyn Timberlake Jr. and Mrs. Carolyn Timberlake
Mr. Irving Groves Jr. Mr. Robert Todd and Mrs. Barbara Todd
Dr. Delia Heck and Rev. John Heck Mr. Steve Walker
Mr. S. Kelly Herrick Mr. Martin Willis
Mrs. Rachel Holmes Mr. Don Wilson and Mrs. Beverly Wilson
  Dr. Andrea Zuschin


Edmund B. Fitzgerald IV

Edmund B. Fitzgerald IV ’82

“A place where everyone knows your name” is the description Ed Fitzgerald ’82 gives of his home town of Gretna, Va. It is the same description he gives of Ferrum College and the close-knit community that surrounds it. “The professors offer support to every student and you are able to form a personal relationship with the staff,” says Fitzgerald. He carried this feeling and the motto of Ferrum College, “not self, but others,” into the small telephone company he ran years later. “Professors at Ferrum cared about the success of students, and in my business I cared about the success and happiness of the customers.”

While he was a student at Ferrum, Fitzgerald admits his lifestyle required discipline and notes that his teachers constantly showed him how much they cared by “sticking their noses into his business.”

Caring and thoughtfulness are the hallmarks of Fitzgerald’s current activities. He is actively involved in many community-based programs, such as the Kairos Prison Ministries, his son’s Christian Fellowship club, and activities at nursing homes and homeless shelters. Fitzgerald and his family, which includes his wife and his two children, have traveled to India several times to work with vacation Bible school and area ministries. He believes that sharing his faith and giving back to his community are essential aspects of his life. “You must embrace your work and find your passion in life,” says Fitzgerald. “I think every day about how I can contribute something to better the world, and I hope others can do the same.”

Fitzgerald is quick to point out what a terrific investment can be found in the future of Ferrum College. “In today’s world, there are so many opportunities for use of your time and money and so many chances to lose everything; investing in Ferrum is a guaranteed 100 percent return on your investment.” As a member of the Alumni Board of Directors, he has seen firsthand the changes visible on campus, from the environmentally friendly new buildings to the increase in support at football games and campus activities, demonstrating how Ferrum is looking toward the future and pursuing excellence. Says Fitzgerald, “I still love to walk onto campus and talk to the students about what they are doing. Not many colleges still have that kind of family atmosphere.” He feels that the students graduating from Ferrum are truly prepared to live the Ferrum motto. Fitzgerald sums it up best when he says, “How can you go wrong being associated with Ferrum College?”


For more information about becoming an Arthur Society member, please contact:

Gene Bourne, Director of Ferrum Fund, gbourne@ferrum.edu or 540-365-4310.