James Eickelberg Endowed Fund

About the fund

James Eickelberg

A Paul Harris Fellow and past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Corvallis, Jim was appointed to the Benton Community Foundation board of directors in 1976. He served two three-year terms, including two years as board president. It was through the Foundation that Jim made the acquaintance of Bev Larson, director of the Old Mill Center.

Bev has been the inspiration and foundation for the Center since its beginnings in the late 1970s. Jim and Phyllis had been supporting the Old Mill Center for Families and Children financially for years. Instead of asking Jim for legal advice or professional assistance, Bev asked him to help out in the preschool classroom after his retirement. He got involved because he couldn’t say “no” to Bev. He stayed because he got hooked on the kids.

In 1998, Jim established the James Eickelberg Fund to support the Old Mill Center for Children and Families, where he spent some of the happiest and most satisfying hours of his life.

Background, Career, and Family Life