George & Nancy Ball set example
of financial support for Whitman
If you speak to alumni who graduated after 1960,
many will point to the same gentle man as a confidant, father figure,
moral anchor, and friend. All know him simply as Dr. Ball.
They may not know that he also has regularly supported
Whitman College and its students in another way financially.
Professor George Ball first set foot on the Whitman
campus in 1960, an ordained minister with a Ph.D. in religion in
higher education. Since then, he has taught, advised, counseled,
and befriended thousands of students. In fact, Dr. Ball continues
as a part-time teacher and counselor even though he officially retired
Though Whitman did not have to do it, I am
extremely grateful that it has been willing to allow me to continue
teaching and to remain in active association with students. They
are to me a second family. I wouldnt be happy only sweeping
my sidewalks or raking the leaves. I need the networking of my circle
That network includes many former students hosted,
housed, and sponsored by George Ball and his wife, Nancy, a former
grade school teacher. Along with her husband, Nancy Ball is affectionately
remembered by numerous alumni who spent quality time at their home
from international students who lived there to those
who took part in cell group discussions in the Ball
A few years ago, Dr. Balls former students
honored him by combining resources and setting up the George Ball
Scholarship, a fund that currently is valued at more than $365,000.
The Balls themselves have regularly given monetary
contributions to Whitman over the years. Recently, they invested
in a gift annuity that will pay them an income every year for the
rest of their lives, and at their deaths, the money left in the
annuity will be given to Whitman College for its future.
Its a way of saying that coming to Whitman
turned out to be one of the very few truly important, defining and
fortunate decisions of my life, said Dr. Ball. Im
supremely grateful for all that Whitman has done for me and my family
over the years. I can still hear the sound of John Stantons
voice on a tape he made when he was a student here: I have
a lot of love for this place. He was speaking for me.
Since the gift annuity also has personal financial
advantages, Dr. Ball added, it seems to me such a good move
that I do not have my normal battle between my practical and my
Meanwhile, whether he is presenting a Baccalaureate
address in Cordiner Hall or riding his bike from his home to his
office in Memorial Building, professor George Ball continues to
watch over his beloved College and its students.
For information about gift annuities, contact Mark
Kajita, director of planned giving, Development Office, Whitman