The first floor of the Lower Columbia College Rose Center Art Gallery now bears the name of a Longview couple who believed in the power of education, according to an LCC Foundation news release.
The newly named Carl and Alona Forsberg Art Gallery honors the Forsbergs and a $500,000 endowment given to LCC art program in their memory. The gift supports scholarships for students majoring in art and business.
“This naming is a tribute to Carl and Alona, who thought highly of LCC and the opportunities LCC provides to the local community,” said Joe Fischer, the donor of the endowment and Alona Forsberg’s second husband.
Carl and Alona Forsberg were successful business people and supporters of education, the fine arts and the Longview community, the news release said.
As a young entrepreneur, Carl Forsberg transformed several local business ventures into successful enterprises while managing his own stock investments. He served on the Longview City Council in the 1940s. Although he always wanted to go to college, he instead had to work due to the Great Depression, the release said.
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Alona Forsberg retired from the Bell Telephone Co. and managed the couple’s joint investments after her husband’s death. She married Fischer in 1996.
Fischer established the Carl and Alona Forsberg Memorial Endowed Art Scholarship and the Carl Forsberg Memorial Business Scholarship in memory of his late wife and her first husband.
“These two endowments will provide important program support and scholarships for LCC’s art and business programs,” said Kendra Sprague, LCC Foundation vice president. “We offer our sincere gratitude to Joe Fischer for this gracious tribute to Carl and Alona.”