Mourning a gracious lady

By Website Administrator | Feb 21, 2003

Mrs. Virginia W. Kettering, one of our University's most important benefactors and friends, is being remembered at KetteringUniversity after her passing Feb. 17 in Dayton, Ohio.

Mrs. Virginia W. Kettering, one of our University's most important benefactors and friends, is being remembered at Kettering University after her passing Feb. 17 in Dayton, Ohio.

Kettering University President James E.A. John said Mrs. Kettering was always interested in Flint and its well being.

"She was a great philanthropist and the person I approached in 1997 when we sought to change our name from GMI Engineering & Management Institute to Kettering University," he said. "I still remember sitting with her at the Engineer's Club of Dayton discussing the importance of this change and the long-range significance it would have for higher education."

Mrs. Kettering was 95. She died peacefully in her five-room private suite at Kettering Memorial Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, Monday evening, Feb. 17. She was born July 14, 1907, in Bellevue, Kentucky.

She married Eugene Kettering in 1930. Eugene Kettering is the son of Charles F. "Boss" Kettering, for whom Kettering University is named. Eugene died in 1969. Mrs. Kettering's grandson, Charles F. Kettering III, serves on the Kettering Board of Trustees.

President John said her contributions as a community benefactor and steward for the "Boss" Kettering legacy were handled with determination and grace. "We are very grateful for her friendship and the constant interest she showed in our progress, as well as the devoted support she showed toward our students."

At least 50 scholarships have been established at the University and will remain as part of her ongoing legacy.

At the family's request, there will be no public funeral. She will rest next to her husband at Woodland Mausoleum in Dayton.

President John said Mrs. Kettering was a gracious woman and one of the most important philanthropists of our time. "We are honored to have the Kettering name as part of our ongoing history."

Complete coverage of the life of Mrs. Virginia Kettering is available through the Dayton Daily News at: http://www.activedayton.com/ddn/obituary

With special thanks to the Dayton Daily News and the Associated Press
Written by Pat Mroczek
(810) 762-9533
pmroczek@kettering.edu