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Jan Tarble

2017 Carthage Flame Award Recipient

Jan Tarble received the 29th Carthage Flame in 2017.

Jan Tarble, 88 (approximate), is an intelligent, strong-willed, confident woman. She is the daughter of the late Newton E. and Louise A. “Pat” Tarble. She had a very close relationship with her parents and was her mother’s caregiver as Mrs. Tarble aged.

Ms. Tarble studied art as an undergraduate at Stanford and UCLA. She is an accomplished painter and sculptor.

A bird-watching enthusiast, she was regarded as an expert in that field. She was a volunteer birder for the federal government and would spend several weeks in the Mojave Desert for a bird census, with living quarters in the back of her Jeep Cherokee.

Ms. Tarble was an exceptionally fine golfer. For several years she was the women’s golf champion at Bel-Air Country Club, where she has maintained a membership for decades.

Since her mother’s death, Ms. Tarble has contributed $37 million to Carthage through the Tarble Family Foundation:

  • Tarble Arena: $5 million (2008)
  • Campbell Student Union: $7 million (2010)
  • Science Center east wing: $10 million (2013)
  • Future career center: $15 million (2016)

Tarble is the most widely recognized and respected name on the Carthage campus, with the family’s transformational gifts to the College totaling close to $60 million. The family’s contributions also provided Pat Tarble Residence Hall and the N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center.

Carthage president Gregory S. Woodward called the Tarbles’ dedication to higher education inspiring, underscoring their belief in its ability to shape a brighter future for the world. And he said 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.”

Newton Tarble was one of the principal founders of Kenosha’s Snap-on Inc. in 1920. He retired from Snap-on as vice president and sales manager in 1935 and continued as a director of the company until his death in 1976. Pat Tarble was a Chicago native who moved to California with her family in the 1940s.

The Tarbles became involved with Carthage when Snap-on executives supported the College’s move to Kenosha from Illinois in the early 1960s. In addition to Carthage, the Tarble family has been a longtime major contributor to Saint John’s Health Center in Los Angeles, Eastern Illinois University, Swarthmore College, and other important charities.