DUBUQUE, Iowa — Loras College President Jim Collins announced today that the college has received a $327,500 in the form of gifts and pledges from the Gantz family and Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, of Dubuque. The support is funding the John J. Gantz Jr. Memorial Conference Room and the Cathy M. Gantz Memorial Lounge. John Jr. was a 1970 graduate of Loras College and Cathy was a 1998 graduate.
“Our relationship with the Gantz family spans nearly 80 years and they continue to be an integral part of the college’s success,” Collins said. “The family’s generosity and steadfast commitment to the college is inspiring and humbling.”
Combined, the family has donated more than $900,000 in support of Loras College.
The new conference room and lounge are the latest additions to the newly renovated third floor of Loras College’s Keane Hall now home to the Division of Business and Economics and the Center for Business Analytics.
The Gantz family has a legacy at Loras College. Six members of the family graduated from the college and four more family members attended the college. The late John “Jack” Sr. Gantz, father of John Jr., graduated in 1940 from Loras Academy.
Previously, family members supported the successful Belief Unfolding campaign, and a practice room in the college’s Visitation Complex is named for the late Rosemary Gantz, mother of John Jr. and Cathy. The family also established four scholarships with the Gantz namesake to provide financial assistance to students, including the James P. Gantz Scholarship, Thomas and Peggy Gantz Accounting Scholarship, John J. Gantz, Jr. Scholarship and the Gantz Family/Pepsi-Cola Scholarship.
John Jr. worked in the family business Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company and Vendors Unlimited until 2001. He graduated from Loras with a degree in art and was a member of Holy Ghost Parish and the Dubuque Museum of Art. Lime Rock Springs Company is the corporate name and the company was founded in 1917 by John Sr. The company bottled a full line of flavored soft drinks under its own label until 1936, when it began bottling and distributing Pepsi-Cola brands.
Cathy also worked at the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company as well as Dubuque Stamp and Honkamp Krueger. She graduated from Loras with an accounting degree. Her community involvement included being a “big sister” with the Big Brother Big Sister program, and serving as a volunteer at Finley Hospital, the Police Auxiliary, Mercy Festival of Trees, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and the American Red Cross.
Her son, Jason, of Dubuque, has generously supported this memorial in her honor.
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