Tabor College receives its largest estate gift

Tabor College will soon benefit from receiving its largest estate gift ever, estimated between $400,000 and $450,000, thanks to the combined gift of the Daniel H. Hiebert and Ruth E. Hiebert estates.

Daniel Hiebert’s trust, set up for his daughter Ruth before his death, was given to Tabor College following her death last year, as well as a portion of her own estate.

The gift totaled 620 acres: 20 acres south of Hillsboro, which have already been sold, and 600 acres in Labette County.

Once the remaining acreage is sold, a recommendation will be given to the Tabor College Board of Directors regarding the allocation of these funds.

“Tabor is pleased and humbled to receive this gift,” said Tabor College President Larry Nikkel. “It is an example of the biblical principle that some plant, some water and others harvest. While some of us played a part in receiving the gift, the primary work on the Daniel Hiebert estate gift was done in the [former Tabor President] Roy Just era, and we are the benefactors today.”

Daniel Hiebert, a 1908 Hillsboro High School graduate, was born in Hillsboro in 1899, attended Tabor Academy which was founded by his father and older brother, and graduated from Tabor College in 1914.

During his final year at Tabor College, he was class president and an assistant biology instructor. He eventually spent more than 53 years serving the town of Provincetown, Mass., as a general practitioner.

Ruth E. Hiebert, a lifelong resident of Provincetown, was the only child of Daniel and Emily Hiebert. Described as a businesswoman, philanthropist and environmentalist, Ruth Hiebert served on the Center for Coastal Studies, Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum boards.

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