COMMUNITY FOUNDATION: Joe R. Hahn: Investing in trades education at North White | Opinion


Joe Hahn grew up on Arch Street in Monon and graduated from Monon High School in 1951.

He performed basketball, proudly hoisted the group’s sectional trophy, and was chosen for the All-County group a few instances.

But that legacy pales to the one he’s leaving to learn present and future college students from his house neighborhood.

After a yr at Purdue and a stint in the Army in Korea, Joe settled in Albuquerque, N.M., the place he established a widely known and really profitable enterprise that bought cupboards and doorways all throughout the western United States for over 30 years till his retirement and sale of the corporate.

He and his spouse, Dory, then owned a marina for 10 years.

“I never did know much about boats,” Joe as soon as chuckled, however his son-in-law added, “He knew a whole lot about cabinets and doors!”

Having labored with tons of of workers in a hands-on enterprise throughout his lifetime, Joe passionately believes in creating academic alternatives inside our native faculties that may put together our college students for the workforce.

“Not everyone is going to college, and not everyone wants to. We need more plumbers, electricians and construction people … more hands-on trades people, and that includes nurses and cosmetologists. We need to support those choices and help students get there. The earlier they can explore those opportunities, the more valuable they are to themselves, their community, and to future employers.”

North White Superintendent Nick Eccles couldn’t agree extra.

To that finish, Joe gifted $100,000 to the Community Foundation of White County to determine the Joe R. Hahn “North White Trades Education” Fund. Per Joe’s needs, half of his reward has been invested into everlasting endowment, from which disbursements will probably be issued yearly. The remaining half will probably be accessible to assist North White buy gear for the thrilling enlargement of its trades education curriculum.

And that’s just the start.

In his property, Joe has supplied for items that may convey his whole funding to at least $1,000,000.

Joe and his rapid household proceed to stay in Albuquerque, although return to Monon regularly to go to prolonged household. He now has new members of his household: the Community Foundation, North White Superintendent Nick Eccles, and tons of of scholars — current and future — whose lives perpetually will probably be impacted by his imaginative and prescient and generosity. For extra details about how one can create a legacy, contact me at 574-583-6911 or go to

Leslie Goss is government director of the Community Foundation of White County, Ind.