Ruth Wagner Beal Endowed Scholarship

Estate of Ruth Wagner Beal

Type: Endowed

Donor:

Estate of Ruth Wagner Beal


Established: 2021

The Ruth Wagner Beal Endowed Scholarship was established to honor Ruth Wagner Beal for 35 years of faithful, generous support to student scholarships at JBU. Ruth’s son, Paul E. Wagner Jr., attended JBU as a student from 1966-1970. Paul was a four-year letterman on the JBU swim team. During Paul’s time on the JBU swim team, the team stopped at Ruth’s house in Cuyahoga Falls, OH for dinner. They were on their way to a swimming tournament in Buffalo, New York. Ruth was impressed with the quality and character of the students she came in contact with from the swim team, as well as the students she came in contact with on JBU’s campus. Ruth stated that she had been to JBU’s campus many times and enjoyed all of her visits.  Ruth and her first husband, Paul Wagner Sr., worked in the insurance business for 30 years. Ruth shared with several JBU development staff that JBU was a wonderful place for her son to attend and that the university was good to her son. Paul Jr. passed away on 8/27/2007 after a long battle with cancer. In 2010, Ruth shared with JBU that she had a new Will and that she wanted her future gifts to JBU to support student scholarships. In July 2020, JBU was contacted by Ruth’s estate attorney, James W. Armstrong. He notified us of Ruth’s passing on 7/19/20 and informed us that JBU was listed as the sole beneficiary of the residue of her estate.