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Alumni couple honor late professor with endowed scholarship


Office of Institutional Advancement

November 02, 2017

Hugh ’66 and Liz ’65 Foster have named an endowed scholarship for their late professor, Dr. Willem J. Oudegeest. Each year, the fund will provide a generous scholarship for a student majoring in English, Dr. Oudegeest’s subject area. 

Willem Oudegeest was an Associate Professor of English at Carthage from 1960 to 1974, beginning his teaching career in Carthage, Illinois and then moving to the Kenosha campus.  Born in the Netherlands, Dr. Oudegeest was actively involved in the underground Nazi resistance movement in that country at great risk to his own livelihood and safety. 

In addition to being a teacher and mentor, Dr. Oudegeest was a longtime friend of the Fosters and served as a witness at their wedding which took place shortly after Hugh graduated in May, 1966. Hugh says of his mentor: “He changed my life – he showed me the route. He taught me how to be who I am today, not just by his teaching, but by how he lived.”

In endowing this scholarship, the Fosters have chosen to do the same, leading by example and providing a route for a student’s education at Carthage.