Harold and Donna Timboe
Harold and Donna met when Harold was a student at the U.S. Military Academy, married after he graduated in 1968 and traveled the world with the Army. Harold served in the Gulf War and the Vietnam War, becoming a Christian in Vietnam. After returning stateside he attended medical school and became a family physician in the Army. He retired from the military in 2002 as a Major General, commanding Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC. He then served on the faculty and administration of the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio until 2008 when they moved to northwest Arkansas.
While stationed in Colorado Springs, their oldest daughter began searching for colleges and her youth pastors recommended JBU. The first time the Timboe family saw JBU was when they moved their daughter in for her freshman year, and there was an instant connection. “When we dropped her off, we thought ‘we want to come here!’” Donna said.
Three of the Timboe’s four children graduated from JBU and live in the area. The fourth is serving in the Air Force. “We are so grateful for the values that were instilled in our children from JBU. It reinforced how we tried to raise them,” Donna said.
The Timboes created the Timboe Family Endowed Scholarship for students with a military background or medical emphasis and who have shown leadership potential. “There are a lot of common values in both the military and medical fields, with service above self and having a Godly character as important foundations,” Harold said.
“We have been blessed with many opportunities and are fortunate to be able to give out of love for God and wanting others to come to know and serve Him,” Donna said. “We want to be a blessing to others with this scholarship, giving back to JBU out of admiration
Impact As Student Has Lasting Effect on Alumna
Joyce is a Founder’s Circle member who has supported the JBU Scholarship Fund for several years. “I do what I can every year to give to JBU students because I believe a Christian education is important and I want to help with their expenses,” said Joyce.
Although Joyce admitted she was homesick her first semester at JBU, she says it didn’t take long for her to get acquainted with all the different programs the university had to offer.
Aside from her studies, Joyce was in the aviation club, took swimming lessons and regularly attended street meetings in Siloam Springs. She also worked at the switchboard and helped cook campus breakfast.
Why did she become a Founder's Circle member as a way of supporting JBU? “I needed help too when I was a student and someone helped me," she said.
Alumni Take Stewardship Seriously
David met his wife-to-be, Sharon, in Cathedral Choir during his junior year at JBU. The couple both graduated with degrees in music, went on to teach and now work for a rural telecommunications enterprise.
Years ago, David and Sharon gave their first gift to the JBU Scholarship Fund to support the work-study program. They have continued to support the University every since, joining what is now known as the Founder’s Circle in 2009.
“Sharon and I have received many blessings during a wonderful life together. These have included children, a home and meaningful work. We have never been ‘rich,’ but we take our stewardship of what God has given us very seriously,” David said. “We feel sincere gratitude toward JBU — a Christian university who made a college education possible for both of us when neither of our families could afford such on their own.”