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Crossroads, Winter 2005:
annual report

Gehman receives first philanthropist of the year award
Margaret Martin Gehman (C 42) may be retired from her long tenure on the EMU faculty, but at age 83, she still exemplifies the moniker bestowed on her years ago— “Speedy.”

Dr. Gehman’s continued work and support of the university was recognized at a donor appreciation banquet Friday, Oct. 14, with her being named the first recipient of the “Philanthropist of the Year” award.

President Loren E. Swartzendruber presented Gehman with the award, citing her “long-time faithful, generous financial and other contributions to the university over the years.”

“Margaret has supported the University Fund, many capital campaign projects and by establishing several gift annuities, supporting endowed scholarships, program endowments for indoor and outdoor athletics and the humanities and building endowments for Northlawn residence hall and Eastern Mennonite Seminary,” Dr. Swartzendruber said.

The EMU professor emerita joined the faculty in 1944 and taught art and physical education courses until her retirement in 1987. She continues to serve regularly as a volunteer on campus, assisting with special mailings and preparation for special events. She also volunteers at numerous other local organizations.

While Gehman is the first recipient of the philanthropic award, she won’t be the last.

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Swartzendruber announced that EMU “will select one donor or donor couple each year from now on to receive what will be known as the ‘Margaret M. Gehman Philanthropist of the Year Award.’”

Gehman credits her late parents for “teaching the value of a lifestyle of simplicity and generosity.”

Gehman still drives the same blue 1967 Volkswagen Beatle. Her late husband, Dr. Ernest G. Gehman, taught German at EMU for 47 years.
—Jim Bishop (C 67)