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.


2013–2014 Member List

Mr. William Aiken Jr. '60 Mr. Donald Jennings '58 and Mrs. Eleanor Jennings 
Mr. Roger Anglin and Mrs. Sue Thomas Anglin '65 Mrs. Bonnie Johnson
Mr. Thomas Arthur and Mrs. Carolyn Arthur  Mrs. Phyllis Quinn Karavatakis '76
Mr. Parker Arthur and Mrs. Jan Arthur  Ms. Patricia Kibler '69
Mr. C. Ralph Arthur Jr. and Mrs. Sarah Shively Arthur '68  Mr. Steven Lambert
Mr. Richard Baldwin '77 Mr. Douglas Lane
Mr. Russell Bauda '69 and Mrs. Ruth Grim Bauda '68 Mr. Sam Lionberger and Mrs. Lorinda Lionberger 
Ms. Kimberly Blair Mr. Judson Mason '67 and Mrs. Jackie Mason 
Dr. Jennifer Braaten Ms. Jan Meriwether '74
Mr. Clay Campbell Mr. G. Gil Minor
Mr. Troy Carver Ms. Kathleen O'Malley
Mr. H. Allen Carver '63 Ms. Martha Perry
Mrs. Ruth Chaney Mr. David Peterson
Mr. Michael Christian '63 and Mrs. Nancy Christian  Mr. Baxter Phillips Jr. '66 and Mrs. Sharon Lee Phillips '66
Dr. Douglas Clark Rev. Charles Pittman '52 and Mrs. Shelby Pittman 
Mr. Peter Coley '73 Mr. Craig Rascoe '74 and Mrs. Karen Rascoe 
Mrs. Rosie Craig Mr. Robert Ravenscroft and Mrs. Gretchen Ravenscroft 
Mr. L. Wayne Creasman '61 and Mrs. Shirley Creasman  Ms. Lucy Ricardo
Mrs. Thelma Crowder  Mr. George Rich and Mrs. Karen Rich 
Mrs. Mary DeTrana Rev. Amos Rideout Jr. '62 and Mrs. Moonyeen Rideout 
Mr. Thomas Dyer Sr. and Mrs. Cindy Dyer  Mr. J. Keith Rowe '77 and Mrs. Mary Ann Rowe 
Capt. George Elliott '38 Mr. Walter Rugaber and Mrs. Sally Rugaber 
Mrs. Marsha Fay Mr. James Sears
Mr. Edmond Fitzgerald IV '82 and Mrs. Angela Fitzgerald  Mrs. Nancy Shively
Mr. Stanley Forbes Sr. and Mrs. Betty Forbes  Mr. Thomas Shumaker '75 and Mrs. Debbie Shumaker 
Mr. Stanley Forbes Jr. '92 Mr. Dee Slaughter '70 and Mrs. Donna Slaughter 
Mr. Kenneth Gassman Jr. and Mrs. Mary Gassman  Mrs. Irma Smart
Mr. Ed George '68 and Mrs. Rose George  Ms. Adeline Sunday
Dr. Annette Gibbs Dr. Gerard Taylor '63 and Mrs. Anne Taylor 
Mr. Irving Groves Jr. Hon. Bobby Thompson '70 and Mrs. Glenda Scott Thompson '69 
Ms. Barbara Hatcher Mr. Mervyn Timberlake Jr. '67 and Mrs. Carolyn Timberlake 
Dr. Delia Heck and Rev. John Heck  Mr. Robert Todd '67 and Mrs. Barbara Todd 
Mr. S. Kelly Herrick '84 Mr. Charles Turman '61 and Mrs. Victoria Turman 
Mr. Donald Hopkins and Mrs. Leila Hopkins  Mr. Steve Walker '70 and Mrs. Brenda Walker 
Mrs. Hazel Wall Hunt '50 Mr. Martin Willis
  Dr. Andrea Zuschin and Dr. David 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.