Robert “Bob” Vermeer ’66, Central College trustee emeritus, died Aug. 17, 2022, after a battle with cancer.
At Central, Bob studied economics and was a member of the A Cappella Choir and Young Republicans club. Vermeer met his wife, Lois De Jong Vermeer ’69, at Central.
After graduating, Vermeer stayed highly involved with the institution and went on to do great things for Central, Vermeer Corporation and countless programs, committees and entities around — and far beyond — his hometown of Pella, Iowa.
Bob served the college as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1988 until his retirement from the board in 2016 when he was awarded emeritus status. He’s served on advisory boards for the college, been involved with and a supporter of Central Club and attended many athletics, alumni, donor and other campus events over the years.
Bob and Lois have been loyal donors to the college supporting many capital campaigns, Campus Ministries, student programming and scholarships, even establishing three scholarships in their names: the Robert L. and Lois Endowed Scholarship, the Bob and Lois Vermeer Endowed Scholarship in Music and the Bob and Lois Vermeer Endowed Scholarship in Engineering. In honor of their generosity and lifetime giving, the Vermeers are longtime members of the Cornerstone Society.
In addition to their personal contributions to the college, the Vermeer Charitable Foundation and R & L Family Foundation have been involved in college campaigns and student experiences over the course of many years.