Physician?s gift will add student housing on Tabor campus



Thanks to the generosity of Wilmer Harms and his wife, the late Esther Harms, of North Newton, more housing options will be available on the Tabor College campus this fall.

The Tabor College board of directors approved a building project to be funded by Harms at their board meeting Monday in Hillsboro.

The project, to be constructed at 218 S. Madison, west of Cedar Hall, will have the capacity to house 16 students.

Ron Braun, Tabor?s vice-president of advancement, expressed appreciation for the gift.

?It is a wonderful tribute to the ongoing relationship Wilmer and Esther have had through the decades with Tabor College,? Braun said.

?This housing unit comes at a time when Tabor College is experiencing record growth. Because of their generosity, more students will be able to be a part of the Tabor community.?

Harms, a former student at Tabor, went on to pursue degrees in medicine (1956) and ophthalmology (1968). He has practiced medicine his entire life in central Kansas and Harvey County.

Harms has given regularly of his time, treasure and talents to the school, according to Braun.

Harms is the founding chairman of the board of the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, since its formation in 1975, and is a member emeriti of the school?s board of directors. He served on the board from 1978-1996.

Harms also has written five books, and has led many educational tours to Russia as a dedicated student of Mennonite history.

This is not the first time Tabor has experienced the generosity of the Harms family. The couple also have endowed student scholarship and donated more than 600 volumes to the CMBS archives.

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