College honors former Trustee during dedication ceremony

Robert E. Evans was remembered as valued confidant and mentor, as well as a loving husband and father during a dedication ceremony Friday, Oct. 2, for the new Case Study Room at Marietta College’s McDonough Center for Leadership and Business that is named in his honor.

“The Peoples Bank family is pleased to be able to play a key role in honoring Bob Evans with the creation of the Robert E. Evans Case Study Room at the McDonough Center,” said Mark F. Bradley, Peoples Bank, President and CEO. “If Bob Evans was here today he’d be so excited and so proud—as I am—to know that we played a part in this technologically advanced room that provides an exceptional learning environment for Marietta College’s students. It is an impressive facility. May this facility be blessed with many future generations of aspiring and successful students.”

Peoples Bank made this celebration possible through a $125,000 gift to the College’s the Legacy Campaign. Evans was the Chief Executive Officer of Peoples Bancorp for 25 years and he worked for Peoples Bank for 35 years. He had also served as President of Peoples Bancorp until mid-2004. The former Marietta College Trustee died on June 15, 2005.

Included in the ceremony were many of Evans’ family members, including his widow, Sally Evans, who spoke to the more than 150 in attendance at the Alma McDonough Auditorium.

Peoples Bank’s gift allows the faculty to develop and incorporate more cutting edge technology with the teaching of leadership skills.

“The Case Study Room is more than a memorial to Bob Evans. It is definitely part of his commitment to Marietta College and the McDonough Leadership Program. More importantly, what this room represents is what Mr. Evans believed in—quality education, technology and giving back to the community he loved so much,” said Dr. Gama Perruci, Dean of McDonough. “Through this gift from Peoples Bank we have improved our infrastructure, which in turn enhances our faculty’s ability to prepare Marietta College students for the 21st century workplace and allows McDonough to remain at the forefront of leadership development among the nation’s institutions of higher education.”

The McDonough Center is named in honor of Bernard P. McDonough (1903-85), a self-made industrialist and entrepreneur who ran wide-ranging global business interests from his Marmac Corporation headquarters in Parkersburg, W.Va. From humble beginnings, he built an industrial empire after World War II with diverse holdings, including concrete plants, construction companies, shoe factories, marine barges, lawn and garden tool factories, and sand and gravel operations.

In 1986, through a generous $5.5 million gift from McDonough’s wife, Alma McDonough, and the McDonough Foundation, Marietta College established the Bernard P. McDonough Center for Leadership and Business. The Center offered one of the first comprehensive undergraduate leadership programs in the United States.

To view a photo gallery from the dedication ceremony click here.