On Saturday, May 12 Ron Deabenderfer ’65 attended his granddaughter’s graduation. He was proud that his granddaughter was receiving a degree that he might not have gotten himself. Deabenderfer had once thought that college was unattainable since his family did not have a large amount of money flowing in, and his parents never really pushed him to go to college.
Deabenderfer went to Blackburn College after attending two years at a junior college in North Carolina with his soon-to-be wife, Judy. He then got accepted at Berea in Kentucky, but due to his father falling ill, Deabenderfer had to drop out and tend to his family’s farm.
After he and Judy got married, the two of them went to Blackburn College where they both graduated (Judy before him), and lived a happy life where they raised their two children.
Now in May of 2018, Deabenderfer was able to see his granddaughter graduate from the same college that brought him happy memories and a happy life. “I couldn’t have a better legacy,” he said.