Barbara Beiser Voorhees
was a 1949 graduate of
College. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Business. Barbara was
and graduated from Marietta
High School. Her father, John Beiser, was a circulation manager at The Marietta
Times and a local golf pro. Her grandfather, Dr. John A. Beiser, was a
-- his office was located at
254 Front Street
from 1901 until his death in 1962.
Barbara died on August 2, 2005 in
New Jersey. Barbara
is survived by her husband Ralph, four children, 15 grandchildren, and
her brother John. Ralph is a retired
stockbroker and graduated from
in 1948 and received his MBA from NYU in 1950. The field station property was in the Beiser
family for many years and was last farmed before the Great Depression,
although portions have been logged since.
The Barbara A. Beiser Field Station was dedicated
on the Marietta College Campus on September 15th, 2007.
Speaking at the event were Marietta College President Jean A. Scott,
Dr. Steve Spilatro, Chair of the Biology Department, Marilyn Ortt,
President, Friends of Lower Muskingum River, and Ralph Voorhees,
honored guest and benefactor.
Dr. Steve Spilatro,
chair of the biology department, spoke on what the station
will mean to the students.
president of Friends of Lower Muskingum River, spoke on
behalf of the organization that made the station possible, and
which will hold the land in trust to protect it from
Ralph Voorhees, who
donated the land for the station and money for its upkeep, in
the name of his late wife, Barbara A. Voorhees. The land
had been in Barbara's family for over 100 years.
and his nephew, David Sands, with the plaque dedicating the
station. The plaque is mounted in the Rickey Science
Center on the Marietta College Campus, about 7 miles west of
the field station itself. David Sands, a Marietta
College graduate, was instrumental in bringing Ralph together
with the college.
Following a lunch at
President Scott's home, many of the group traveled out to the field
station for a first-hand look:
Dedication Day at
the Barbara A. Beiser Field Station.
Front Row (l to r): Althea, Bradford, Tasha. Second Row: Dave Jeffery
(Geology, kneeling), Judy Voorhees Trope, Bonnie Sands,
Elizabeth Sands, Dave McShaffrey (Biology).
Back: Andrea Miller, Mark Miller (Mathematics, Chair
of Faculty), Alan Voorhees, Ralph Voorhees, David Sands,
Jack Trope, Almuth Tschunko (Biology), Steve Spilatro
Jack Trope, David Sands and Alan Voorhees at the graveyard
of the nearby Hills Church. This church (background)
was where the Beiser family worshipped when they lived on
their farm about 1/2 mile away (and visible from the church
grave marker in the foreground marks the grave of the
first Beiser to emmigrate from Germany and settle on what
would later become the Barbara A. Beiser Field Station.