Foundation receives Baxter donation
Centralia College scholarship students and the college’s capital campaign will each benefit from a $250,000 donation from the Max and Thelma Baxter estate. The donation to the Centralia College Foundation was made by Gayle Lucas, the Baxters’ niece, and Baxter family attorney Ralph Olson.
“This is a significant donation that will benefit students not only through scholarships but also through improved campus facilities,” said Dr. Jim Walton, college president. “We very much appreciate the generosity of the Baxters.”
Presentation of the check was made Monday, March 28.
According to Julie Johnson, the foundation’s director of Donor and Alumni Relations, the Baxters previously donated to the capital campaign when the college was building Washington Hall. The north plaza of the building carries the Baxters’ name.
“It is people like the Baxters who, through their generosity, make a difference in the lives of deserving students,” said Johnson. “Their support will certainly make a significant difference for many Centralia College students who need financial support to continue their education and will do so in quality facilities. This is a gift that will continue to give for a long time.”
Johnson said that half of the money will be used to support construction of the TransAlta College Commons while the other half will fund scholarships.
Lucas said that while the Baxters were quiet people, “they wanted to help others, they just didn’t want any fuss about it.”
Max Baxter founded Baxter Manufacturing, a company that made commercial ovens and sold that company to Ohio-based Hobart Corporation in 1997.
The Baxters retired in Centralia; Max died in 1998, Thelma died in 2010.