Alumni Spotlight: Carl Hirsch ’51

By Rachel Smith

There is no place on Earth like Eureka College. Consider the conversations that transpired with friends, sorority sisters or fraternity brothers or the moment you realized you knew exactly what you were going to do for the rest of your life. Remember the professors who dedicated their time, energy and passion to uncover the dreams you did not even know you wanted yet. Maybe you met your partner in life during those long days that went by too fast at EC. 

The story of Carl Hirsch, class of 1951, encapsulates the perfect example of each of these memories. His time at Eureka College shaped his future and he has dedicated his energy and time into making those same possibilities a reality for our students today. 

Hirsch grew up in Chicago and served in the United States Army during World War II. In 1947, Hirsch took his first steps onto EC’s historic campus full of life and excitement. He joined the Kappa Sigma Kappa fraternity and majored in communication. Perhaps the best memory of all is the first time Hirsch saw his wife during the first week of school. Although it took him six months to ask out Beverly, they spent the next 65 years happily together. 

Hirsch recognizes that much of his happiness and success in life is attributed to his experience at Eureka College. He credits the influence of his fraternity brothers, the care and guidance of his professors and his marriage to his loving wife to lift him to live the American dream. Hirsch realizes that those who came before him at EC laid the foundation of his future. He is committed to ensuring the same strong foundation is upheld for our current students and professors.

In 2012, Hirsch established a scholarship endowment at EC in the name of his best friend and love his life, Beverly Hirsch. He is a member of the President’s Circle, The Touchdown Club and the Ronald W. Reagan Society of Eureka College. In 2013, he received the Alumni President’s Award recognizing his dedication to the advancement of the college. 

Hirsch with Leo “Doc” Traister.

Hirsch remains an enthusiastic Red Devils fan and supports Eureka College’s Department of Athletics. Red Devils fans see Hirsch at many athletic events cheering on his alma mater with his good friend, Leo “Doc” Traister. Hirsch’s generosity and support was integral to the renovations of the Christine Bonati Bollwinkle Arena and Convocation Center and Reagan Athletic Complex. Section 3 seats and viewing area are dedicated in the name of Carl Hirsch.

Hirsch’s loyalty and generosity has made a difference in the lives of countless students and professors at Eureka College. He not only sees the importance of honoring those that came before him but also paving the way for future generations.

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