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Tarble foundation gives $10 million toward Carthage science center

October 19, 2014

Carthage has received the second-largest gift in its history. The $10 million contribution from the Tarble Family Foundation of Los Angeles supports the creation of the new East Wing in the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences.

Jan Tarble, daughter of the late Newton E. and Louise A. (Pat) Tarble, presented the gift to Carthage President Gregory Woodward on Oct. 4. The 35,000-square-foot wing is part of a $43 million science center scheduled to open in fall 2015.

This latest gift brings the Tarble family’s total contribution to Carthage to almost $40 million. The family also donated $11 million for the N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center in 1998, $5 million for the Tarble Arena in 2008, and $7 million for the Campbell Student Union in 2010.

“Carthage College would not be what it is today without the generosity of many dedicated supporters, and chief among these wonderful friends are Jan Tarble and her parents, Newton and Pat,” said President Woodward. “The contributions of the Tarble family have truly transformed our campus and institution.”

Newton Tarble was one of the principal founders of Kenosha’s Snap-on Incorporated in 1920. He retired from Snap-on as vice president and sales manager in 1935 but continued as a director of the company until his death in 1976. The Tarbles became involved with Carthage when Snap-on executives supported the College’s move to Kenosha from Illinois in the early 1960s.

Pat Tarble was a Chicago native who moved to California with her family in the 1940s. Mrs. Tarble’s gift helped fund construction of the $23 million TARC. It remains the largest gift in Carthage history and one of the largest to any private college or university in Wisconsin.

President Woodward called their dedication to higher education an inspiration, underscoring their belief in its ability to shape a brighter future for the world. And their specific support of Carthage “has laid the foundation for one of the most powerful personal relationships between a donor and a higher education institution in America,” he continued.

“My appreciation goes to former presidents Harold Lentz, Erno Dahl, and F. Gregory Campbell for being such loyal and good friends with the Tarbles, and to Senior Vice President Brad Andrews for his assistance in realizing this special gift,” President Woodward said.

Carthage’s new science center will offer even greater opportunity for innovative science education and will further advance Carthage’s commitment to exceptional research experiences for undergraduates. In addition to the East Wing, the project includes a major renovation of the 70,000-square-foot Straz Center. The project will increase classroom and laboratory space by 40 percent, provide state-of-the-art facilities for study in the natural sciences, and provide new ways for students and faculty to collaborate on forefront research.