Longtime Friend of the College Wants to Make a Difference
Theodore “Ted” Arey never attended Elmhurst as a student, but he and his family have always felt close to the College.
For 31 years the Areys lived one block north of the Elmhurst track, in the shadows of the College. The longtime insurance agent, his wife Virginia, and their three children often attended events and programs at Elmhurst.
“Ginny and I have an awareness of what this institution means to the community and the people of Elmhurst—it serves us well,” Arey said. “Elmhurst is a special place to live, and the College is at the center of it.”
As a result, when College President Ivan Frick asked him to become part of the College’s then newly formed Planned Giving Advisory Committee, Arey agreed. He still serves on the committee years later because of his insurance expertise: he worked at Equitable Life and then the Nolan Agency in Lombard before retirement.
In addition to devoting volunteer time to the College, Arey is very involved in the Elmhurst Rotary Club. He received a certificate for emeritus achievement from Rotary and has been involved with the organization’s efforts to eradicate polio. “I like Rotary’s motto ‘Service above self,’” said Arey. “It’s about what you give to it.”
He also served for eight years on the board of the Center for Speech and Language Disorders and received its You Make a Difference Award.
The Areys are longtime donors to the College. They are members of the President’s Society, a prestigious group of annual donors who provide key leadership in supporting today’s students.
In addition to their annual support, the couple decided to recognize Elmhurst’s importance in their lives with a special gift. In 2007 they made a gift of IRA funds to establish the Theodore W. and Virginia R. Arey Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship provides support to students who attended one of the Elmhurst-area high schools.
“Neither Ginny nor I got to attend college,” Arey said. “Our gift will help other students do so.”
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