December 2, 2006
Melba Yearian Trobaugh
Melba Yearian Trobaugh, who served on the Midland College Foundation Board from 1983-2004, died Saturday, December 2, 2006. Mrs. Trobaugh and her husband, the late Allen “Moose” Trobaugh, were strong supporters of Midland College and the college’s programs, including aviation technology, the Chaparral Circle Endowment Fund, the Fox Science Building, scholarships and athletics.
In particular, the Trobaughs played a special part in supporting Midland College’s Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) degree in Organizational Management degree. Funding from Mrs. Trobaugh supports the BAT faculty director position with an endowed chair — the “Trobaugh Free Enterprise Chair” — named for Mr. Trobaugh. He was a member of the Midland College Foundation Board from 1977-1983.
When the news came in December 2005 that Midland College had won approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer classes toward the bachelor’s degree, Mrs. Trobaugh was on hand for the announcement ceremony at Midland College. She and her daughters, Georgia Trobaugh and Sidney Scarborough, joined Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Tom Craddick for the announcement.
Melba Trobaugh was born in Williamsburg, Iowa on December 12, 1921. She graduated from the University of Iowa College of Nursing in 1943. After serving in the Naval Nurses Corp during World War II, she continued to work in different nursing positions until 1950, when she married Allen Trobaugh and moved to Midland.
Mrs. Trobaugh was a member of First Christian Church. She was a member of Children’s Service League, Community and Senior Services, Trinity School Board of Trustees and the Family Counseling Center. She was an original member of the Permian Basin Area Foundation and later served on its Board of Governors. She was also on the High Sky Children’s Ranch Board of Governors.
Survivors include three daughters and one son, Georgia K. Trobaugh of Midland; Sidney Scarborough and husband Brian of Midland; Susan O’Reilly and husband Jim of Austin; and Tom Trobaugh of Austin. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Houston and Kieffer Scarborough of Midland, and Abby, Connor, Callaghan, Liam and Shea O'Reilly of Austin and numerous nieces and nephews.
To give a memorial gift to the Midland College Foundation in Melba Trobaugh’s honor, visit Give a Gift. Or, you may mail your donation to:
MIDLAND COLLEGE FOUNDATION, INC.
3600 N. GARFIELD · MIDLAND, TX 79705