Family and Education: Ties that bind
Ardeth (Harth) and Everette "Ev" Duthoy are keen to make solid investment choices. That inclination translates to their commitments to the annual and endowment funds at College of Saint Benedict, where they believe students not only receive a good education, but "instructions for a good life."
"It is our belief that a good education is everything you need to build a strong future," Ardeth explains. She and Ev learned this first-hand, when they were students at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University and while they were preparing their own kids (Mark, Dale, Paula, James, Mary, Teresa, Samuel and Lisa) for college. "We owe CSB and SJU for the life we have," offers Ev. "Our college experience wasn't only about the education. We had fun, and we met lifelong friends."
Ardeth and Ev graduated from Saint Ben's and Saint John's in 1952 - she pursued sociology, and Ev graduated with a chemistry degree and became a urologic surgeon. Today, they are happy to share the rewards of their life so that current and future CSB students can have the opportunity of a residential liberal arts education.
In honor of their deceased daughter, Teresa Jean Duthoy, the Duthoys have established an endowed scholarship. In addition, they make an annual contribution to the endowed and annual scholarship fund and have included Saint Ben's in their estate plans, which will significantly enhance the Teresa Jean Duthoy Scholarship Fund and create a legacy that honors their daughter and their love of Saint Ben's.
The Duthoy children also contribute to their parents' commitment to education. Ardeth and Ev have asked their children to refrain from buying them gifts for holidays or birthdays, but to give to their Saint Ben's endowment instead.
A Dance to Remember
It was a spring dance at school that brought them together, but the paths that led them to college were quite different.
For Ardeth, "There was never a question about going to college." Her mother was not only adamant about attending college, she insisted on Saint Ben's. Ardeth chose to major in sociology, she says, because she wasn't interested in home economics. "I already knew how to cook, sew and do everything at home."
Ev, on the other hand, received less encouragement about college from his parents. "My father didn't push me to attend college because he didn't finish grade school himself," recalls Ev. After high school, Ev went to work at a local bank, and it was there that he saw a poster advertising, "free college education." The seed was planted.
A short time later, he announced to his parent's, "I'm going to college," and he was on his way to Saint John's.
What started as one dance, turned into a lifelong commitment to education, family and to each other.