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Gene and Elizabeth Arnold fund in Audiology established

A new endowment fund has been established at Lamar University in honor of Gene and Elizabeth Arnold, respected Lamar alumni. The Gene and Elizabeth Arnold Innovation Fund in Audiology will provide funds for the development of new and existing programs, support teaching and research as well as student, faculty and professional development activities in Lamar’s Audiology program.

The Arnolds established the endowment fund, in part, to show their appreciation to the Lamar Department of Audiology. As a hearing-impaired client of the Lamar Audiology Clinic, Elizabeth Arnold said she is appreciative for the years of care and service in diagnosing and addressing her audiology needs.

The Arnold family carries the Lamar legacy across two generations. Gene Arnold graduated from Lamar University in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and in 1980 with a master’s degree in business administration. Elizabeth Arnold attended Lamar until 1964 and has been a devoted supporter of the university. The Arnold’s son, Lloyd, is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at Lamar.

During his career in business, Arnold has served as vice-president of finance, president and controller of various companies and become an international business traveler. He has served as both assistant director and director of the Small Business Development Center from 1991 until he retired in 2005. Arnold then founded Gene Arnold Enterprises and continues to serve on the board of directors for M&D Supply, Inc.  He remains active in the community as a member of the Rotary Club of Beaumont and other civic endeavors.  Elizabeth Arnold retired from a 20-year career with the State of Texas in the Department of Human Services.

Arnold said the audiology fund was established to help aid in the “unrestricted” progress of the program.

“There are things you just can’t do when you only have restricted funds,” Arnold said. “If you have unrestricted funds at your disposal, you can do some really good things at the discretion of the dean.”

For more information about establishing an endowment, contact the Lamar University Foundation at (409) 880-2117.