Carthage receives second large donation from Tarble family

Carthage College in Kenosha has received a $7 million gift from the Tarble Family Foundation of Los Angeles to help finance the College’s new Student Union, now under construction on campus.
“We’re most grateful for the Tarble family’s generosity, displayed over two generations,” said F. Gregory Campbell, president of the College. “Jan Tarble has continued her family’s tradition of support for excellence in higher education. Many Carthage students already have been the beneficiaries of their generosity; future generations will have another reason to thank the Tarble family.”
Construction on the new $14 million student union began earlier this year, and completion is expected in Fall of 2011. The facility will provide gathering space for student groups, expanded dining facilities, a theatre and art gallery, and a new book and convenience store.
Newton Tarble was one of the principal founders of Kenosha-based Snap-on Inc., 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. Louise Tarble was a Chicago native who moved to California with her family in the 1940s, her 1998 gift of $11 million helped fund construction of the $23 million N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center; the largest gift in Carthage history, and one of the largest ever to any private college or university in Wisconsin.

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