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Bob & Maggie Larson
Nearly 14 years ago, Bob and Maggie ('63) Larson began enjoying the benefits of retirement and made the decision to relocate to Holland, Mich. When asked why they chose Holland, their answer is simple and to the point: "because of Hope College."
Maggie chose to attend Hope because of its small size and personal touch. "Everyone was so helpful and friendly," she remembers. After graduation, Maggie taught for several years in Coloma, Mich. "Hope made a big impact on me as an educator. My professors set an excellent example of how to form a personal connection with students, so I tried to implement that approach into my own classroom."
Both Bob and Maggie take full advantage of their proximity to Hope College. They regularly attend Hope football, baseball and basketball games in addition to several art shows and musical recitals, including the annual Christmas Vespers service. Bob is quick to point out the benefits of living in the town shared by Hope. "Hope does so much to add to the character of Holland; we enjoy the many activities and feel Holland is one of the best cities to live in, period."
Bob and Maggie's love for Hope College also transcends into the ways they have chosen to give back. They have made provisions in their estate to establish a scholarship that will provide financial assistance to deserving students in pre-medicine, nursing and teaching.
Maggie sums it up by saying, "I financially support Hope because alumni and friends of the college supported me while I was a student, and I want to do the same for future generations of Hope students."
Hope College is grateful to the Larsons and to those who support the college and its students.