Delores Rodman, a more than 26-year donor to Lower Columbia College, was named Benefactor of the Year for 2018-19 by the college foundation.
The award honors donors who have a history of providing charitable financial support to the foundation or significant volunteer service to the college, according to an LCC Foundation news release.
Rodman spent most of her career as a real estate agent. She worked alongside her husband, Bruce, at the Longview Agency until he retired in 1980. Then she opened her own real estate office, Rodman Realty.
Her husband died in 1988, and in 2007 Rodman established a scholarship at LCC in his memory. The scholarship provides two annual awards for first-year business majors from Washington, with a preference for first generation college students.
“Bruce and I wanted to become promoters and helpers of young people, to help them complete their college education,” Dolores said in a prepared statement Monday.
As a young mother who did not have the opportunity to go to college until age 24, Rodman believes LCC fills an important role in the community, the release says. Her husband also served on the LCC Foundation Board of Directors and was equally passionate about education.
The Bruce E. Rodman Memorial Endowed Scholarship has helped nearly 20 students work toward their business degrees, said Kendra Sprague, foundation vice president.
“LCC is fortunate to have supporters like Delores, whose gifts will continue to benefit students for years to come,” Sprague said.
In addition to the scholarship, Rodman has made contributions to the LCC library fund and has helped support the “greatest needs of the college,” the release says. She’s been a foundation donor since 1992.
“We appreciate this opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate Delores for her ongoing commitment to education at LCC,” said Chris Bailey, college president.