Donation for: Bixler, Dr. Beverly M. Fund

Born and raised in Kalalmazoo, Michigan, Beverly graduated cum laude in 1952 from Western Michigan College of Education (now Western Michigan University) with majors in Spanish and English. She received her master’s degree from the University of Iowa and her doctorate from Case Western Reserve University—both in Spanish—in 1954 and 1973, respectively. After teaching in high schools in Michigan and Iowa, Beverly accepted a position at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, where she taught until marrying George L. McCormick in 1961. Next she taught at Hathaway Brown School for girls in Shaker Heights. In 1965 she and her husband moved to Ashland and taught Spanish at Ashland College, retiring in 1983. At that time she was chairman of the department of Foreign Languages and later she was granted status of associate professor emerita. George McCormick died in 1974 and in 1979 Beverly married Dr. Raymond W. Bixler who had taught at the college for forty-three years and whose first wife also died in 1974. He died in 1990. Although not having done much traveling later in life, it remained one of Dr. Bixler’s interests. Two others which had always been important and for which she had more time during her retirement were church work and writing. The latter was really a hobby but sometimes the two intertwined. For years she had written book reviews for the church newsletter and she also did reviewing for “Church & Synagogue Libraries,” the bulletin published by that association. In 1990, Beverly became a member of the Stephen Ministry at the First Presbyterian Church and at one point served as its coordinator. She also served on the executive committee of the Friends of the Ashland University Library. For twenty-one years she was a member of Altrusa International, serving as president of Ashland’s former club from 1980 to 1981. Beverly’s home was never without a cat and she also enjoyed collecting anything with a feline motif. Dr. Bixler died in 2016 but she continues to support those causes most important to her stating “I have received so much from Ashland, my home for more than half my life,” says Dr. Bixler, “that I feel it most fitting to establish a fund at ACCF to benefit areas of the community that have meant so much to me.”

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