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Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Leaves Great Legacy Behind

Midland, TX (Big 2 News) - Many who know or have worked with Clarence Scharbauer Jr. say he left a great legacy behind.
Midland, TX (Big 2 News) - Many who know or have worked with Clarence Scharbauer Jr. say he left a great legacy behind.

"You can't have a great community without investing in people," said Rebecca Bell, dean of community relations and special events.

And that's exactly what Scharbauer did, donating more than millions of dollars to the city's education and health.

In 1942 when Midland was working on building what is now Midland Memorial Hospital, Scharbauer was ready to help.

"Clarence was 22 at the time and he was already involved in raising the initial money to pay for the first hospital in Midland," said Russell Meyers, president and CEO of Midland Memorial Hospital.

In 2008 Scharbauer demonstrated his generosity again when he donated $25-million dollars toward a new tower, which is named after him and his late wife Dorothy.

"Without questioning it, almost immediately, upon being asked. And that was just the kind of guy he was. Just philanthropy was the most important thing in his life and he certainly was a tremendous giver to Midland Memorial," Meyers said.

It wasn't only the hospital that benefited from his donations.

According to Bell, Scharbauer's biggest impact to the school was helping fund Midland's Legacy Scholarship for Midland College.

"That scholarship allows any Midland County high school graduate to attend Midland College for free," Bell said.

Bell says the scholarship pays $1,050 per semester.

"Clarence was a tremendous man and he will truly be missed," Meyers said.


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