Balmer Brothers’ Gift Honors Parents

  • A Toast to Don and Betty Balmer—Josh Walter, vice president for advancement; Andy Balmer BS ’79; President Wim Wiewel;
    the Hon. Tom Balmer; Dr. Paul Balmer; and Tom’s wife, Mary Louise McClintock BA ’79. Unable to attend: Dan Balmer BA ’80.
    Nina Johnson

Don Balmer, former U.G. Dubach Professor of Political Science, and his wife, Betty Balmer, were beloved members of the Lewis & Clark community for more than 60 years. Although Don passed away in 2017 and Betty in 2019, they continue to extend their legacy through their sons, Tom, Paul, Andy BS ’79, and Dan BA ’80. The brothers recently made a generous gift of approximately $300,000 from the family estate to the college’s Annual Fund. This fund supports the college’s highest priorities and most critical needs, such as funding scholarships; retaining and recruiting superb faculty; and sustaining innovative academic and student programs. To make a gift in memory of the Balmers, or to the Annual Fund, visit

Hon. Tom Balmer and Mary Louise McClintock BA ?79 Hon. Tom Balmer and Mary Louise McClintock BA ’79 Credit: Nina Johnson

Andy Balmer BS ?79 Andy Balmer BS ’79 Credit: Nina Johnson

Dr. Paul Balmer Dr. Paul Balmer Credit: Nina Johnson