Ed Vance '56

Ed Vance

Loyally Grateful

Ed and Doris Vance have been generous and loyal supporters of the University for the past 28 years. Ed graduated from Redlands in 1956 with a bachelor’s degree in math and minored in economics and chemistry. He went on to have a successful career in Silicon Valley, where he turned around companies and sold them back for profit.

But things were not always easy for Vance. "When I graduated high school, I decided I wanted to go to college but I had already missed the admissions and testing deadlines. The University of Redlands did their own testing and took me in just before classes started… I was so grateful,” Vance said.

“After my first semester at Redlands, I had gone through my savings and decided to leave the University. But when I called back and told them about my financial need, they offered me a scholarship and I was able to return and finish my education. I was so grateful again.”

After Vance established himself in his career, he decided to give back to his alma mater to return the help the University had given him so many years before.

“I wanted to pay back the scholarship I had received,” he said. “This started as a nice tradition for me to give back to the University.”

The Vances now split their time between Boise, Idaho, and Indian Wells, California. Ed and Doris are fond of the Chapel and try to attend the Feast of Lights about every other year. They were major donors to the Memorial Chapel Campaign and also established a maintenance endowment for the Chapel. In 1996, Ed also played an early role in the establishment of what we now know as the Redlands Institute.

Thurber, an English bulldog, is the University's mascot.

He is named after Clarence Howe Thurber, University president from 1933-37.

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