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Second Annual Giving Day a Great Success

The Beloit College community is generous and showed its heart and soul during its second annual Giving Day on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. In just 24 hours, the college raised over $65,000 from more than 450 supporters.

Not only did the gifts far surpass the original goal of $25,000, the event also raised $25,000 more than last year. Beloit is touched by the fantastic response received from supporters and is grateful to be backed by such a strong foundation of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends. These gifts help make ‪#‎BeloitPossible for the next generation of Turtles, Bucs, and Beloiters.

The unconditional support, enthusiastically offered by our alumni, parents, and friends is a tribute to the character of our community, and the value that we all collectively recognize in the mission we seek to advance. We at Beloit are privileged to have a community so willing to invest in the future of our great institution, and our students. For this, we are grateful,” said Mark Wold’95, Senior Director of Alumni & Parent Relations and Annual Support.

Thank you to all who supported Beloit College’s second annual Giving Day. As College President Scott Bierman often says, it’s “turtles all the way down.”

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Announcing the passing of life trustee John Eldred’52

March 1, 2011 at 6:59 am

John Eldred’52, a native Beloiter and Beloit College life trustee, passed away on Saturday. He was 80 years old.

In a letter to trustees, President Bierman said that, “With (Mr. Eldred’s) passing, Beloit College has lost a longtime friend and supporter, and the city of Beloit, a beloved son.”

The long-serving president of the family-owned First National Bank and Trust in Beloit, Eldred was a Beloiter in every way. Born and raised in Beloit, and the son of Beloit College alumni, he also attended the college and graduated in 1952 (the same year his wife, Helen Macklem Eldred, also earned her degree at the college). He would leave Beloit after graduation to join the U.S. Army and eventually served in the Korean War before returning to Beloit, marrying and beginning his banking career at First National.   

He would join the college board and helped lead the $5 million “For Beloit” campaign in the 1970s and 80s. In 1972, Eldred received the college’s top alumni honor: the Distinguished Service Citation. His service to the college and board were further recognized when he was given life trustee status in 2000.

The Eldred’s generosity to their alma mater has meant much to the college and its students. The Eldred Endowed Music Fund was funded through their gifts, and they were also generous supporters of other scholarships and scholar programs. More recently, their gift helped fund the construction of the Center for the Sciences. If you’ve walked along the second-story bridge that connects the south side of campus to the science center’s second floor, you’ve walked the gateway that is named in their honor.

An obituary recounting Eldred’s life and contributions to the college and community appeared in today’s Janesville Gazette.