May 3, 2006
Keleen Ashley Haubner Beal, who helped originate a major Midland philanthropical family foundation, died Wednesday, May 3, 2006 - leaving behind a legacy of philanthropy that included programs and buildings at Midland College.
Born on January 4, 1917, to Alphonso and Eva Ashley Haubner, she married Carlton Beal on May 28, 1938. In 1953 the couple moved to Midland from Southern California.
Mrs. Beal, with her husband, created the Beal Foundation in 1959 placing emphasis on educational, religious and charitable causes. She also served as chairman of the Foundation's board. In recognition of its service to the community, the Beal Foundation received the Permian Basin's 5th annual National Philanthropy Day "Outstanding Foundation Award" in November 1998. Midland College continues to be a major recipient of grants from the Foundation. Mrs. Beal, along with members of the Beal family, were honored for their contributions to the college when Beal Plaza was dedicated on September 21, 1978.
Projects that Keleen, Carlton Beal and the Beal Foundation have donated to:
Dorothy & Todd Aaron Medical Science Building
Advanced Technology Center
Aviation Maintenance Technology
Dr. Gregory Bartha Health Science Scholarship
Beal Plaza (construction & landscaping)
Chaparral Circle Endowment Fund
Court of Honor
Fox Science Building
Friends of the Series
General Academic Scholarship
Williams Regional Technical Training Center
The Beal family legacy of supporting Midland College has continued through the Beals' son, Spencer. In November 2005 he was recognized at the Permian Basin's 12th annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon with the "Outstanding Volunteer Award." He has served on the MC Foundation Board since 1984 and served as the board's president from 1992-1996.
Mrs. Beal is also survived by sons Carlton, Jr., Barry, Kelly and daughter Karlene Garber of Santa Monica, California. The family suggests memorials be made to the Dr. Gregory Bartha Health Sciences Scholarship Fund in the Midland College Foundation, or a favorite charity.
If you wish to make an online donation, Give a Gift or, you may mail your donation to:
MIDLAND COLLEGE FOUNDATION, INC.
3600 N. GARFIELD • MIDLAND, TX 79705