(from Central College SID)
PELLA—Momentum is accelerating in the next $3 million phase of Central College’s Forever Dutch® initiative with the announcement of a major push from Trustee Emeritus Donald Vogel ’61 and his wife Diana Vogel ’63.
In typically understated fashion, the Vogels quietly extended their more than 60 years of service and support to the college by increasing their initial Forever Dutch® gift to $365,000.
“We like to fly under the radar,” said Don, who now lives in Denver, North Carolina.
“We have such admiration and gratitude for Don and Diana,” said Central president Mark Putnam. “They have made an extraordinary impact on the students of Central and the opportunities we provide, yet always without calling attention to themselves. Don provided a calm and steady voice on the board for many years and he and Diana’s generosity remains a constant as well.
“Now, yet again, they have taken on a leadership role in ensuring the success of this ambitious project that will benefit Central students for generations to come. We are blessed and thankful.”
The lower-level renovation to the 51-year-old gymnasium launched Feb. 24. The work includes construction of a spacious women’s varsity locker room with a team meeting room, a reconfigured athletic training room that will provide more treatment space and an expanded athletics equipment room.
The anticipated second-floor renovation will feature team meeting space, a new welcome center, recruitment space, offices and visitor locker room.
Contributions can be made via forever.central.edu.
Don Vogel was not an athlete at Central, yet views support for the Forever Dutch® initiative as crucial for the college, recognizing the impact it makes for so many others.
“Athletics has always been a big part of Central,” he said.
Similarly, when the Vogels were cited for an earlier Forever Dutch® gift that helped fund new space for Central’s Athletics Hall of Honor, Don requested that the area be named for the College Football Hall of Fame coach Ron Schipper, who led the Dutch football program to national prominence during his tenure from 1961-96, even though Schipper didn’t start at Central until a few months after Vogel graduated.
“Everybody that ever spoke about him had nothing but high praise,” he said. “And I just thought something like that should be in his name, not mine.”
Vogel served on Central’s Board of Trustees from 1991-2013, receiving Central’s Alumni Achievement Award in 1994.
“Most of my Central memories are from the time that I was on the board,” he said. “It was an enjoyable experience.”
He worked on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for years, retiring as senior vice president with Spear, Leeds & Kellogg in New York City in 2003. It was a frenzied experience.
“Well, it was, but now everything’s electronic,” he said. “There are very few people down there anymore. It’s more of a museum than a business.
“What we did just went away. It doesn’t happen anymore.”
The Vogels connection to Central endures, however.
“Central is something that’s always on your mind,” Vogel said. “It’s where you came from and what happens to you. We’re always talking to people about Central. It’s just a part of your life.”