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Dorothy Turner Scharbauer

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The Scharbauer influence in Midland and West Texas dates to the late 1800s when the pioneer Scharbauer family settled in the vast "Midland Country" and became steeped in ranching, and later in petroleum and community-building. Former Midland College President Dr. David Daniel characterized Scharbauer as a "very gracious lady" who "didn't require the spotlight" and who "did so much for this area."

Dorothy Turner Scharbauer was born March 9, 1931 to Fred Turner, Jr., and Juliette Miller Turner in Midland County, Texas. In 1948 she graduated from Midland High School. In the summer of 1948 she attended the University of Colorade at Boulder. From the fall of 1948 until the spring of 1949 she attended Christian College in Columbia, Missouri. On August 27, 1949 she married Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Dorothy was a faithful Christian and a member of the First Presbyterian Church. Her other memberships included the National Society Magna Charta Dames, Midland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the Junior League of Midland.

Dorothy was a very giving person and her philanthropy was well known throughout West Texas. "The Scharbauer family, as everybody knows, has done so much for so many," Daniel said. "Part of the determination of that family and the feeling that success also means giving back to the community probably had its genesis in that gracious lady."

"They have made many, many contributions to Midland College, not the least of which was the Student Center," Daniel said. "We asked if we could place their name on the that building, and they agreed."


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In 1995, the Scharbauer Student Center was renamed the Dorothy & Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center to honor the couple's $1million gift to the Chaparral Circle Endowment Fund. "The impact of their contribution will be felt for many generations to come," said Daniel, at the dedication ceremony. "The Student Center is one of the most important structures on this campus and certainly is the busiest," said Daniel, at the ceremony. "I think they are really proud of that. Although they never looked for headlines or attention, I think they wanted to do this to help the college. We are proud to have their name associated with us."

Dorothy Turner Scharbauer passed away in February of 2005. State District Judge John Hyde, a Midland historian, said he "perceived her as a very honorable and well-respected lady in this community." He went on to say, "I know there is no finer family in the community and no finer representative of that family than Dorothy Scharbauer."



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