A. Boardman Ganfield '24

1996 Distinguished Alumnus Award

The Ganfield family name and legacy on the Carroll campus is great. Dr. William Arthur Ganfield was professor of history from 1904-1915 and president of the college from 1921-1939. He served as pastor in Green Bay (1901-04) before his service at Carroll as professor of history and political science. 

In 1915, he left Carroll for a brief time, serving as president of Centre College. He returned to Carroll in 1921 to accept the presidency, a position he held until his retirement in 1939. Dr. Ganfield and his wife Clara had five children who attended Carroll; Dorothy Ganfield Fowler '23, A. Boardman Ganfield '24, Elizabeth Ganfield Laatsch '27, Ruth Ganfield '31 and Jane Ganfield '32. Siblings, Dorothy Ganfield Fowler and A. Boardman Ganfield, received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1996 recognizing their achievements during the 150th anniversary of the Carroll charter.

Boardman graduated from Carroll in 1924 majoring in mathematics. He served in the Navy from 1942-1945. Professionally, he led a successful career as a broker with Crowell, Weedon & Company located in Los Angeles, Ca.  

His connection to Carroll was not limited to his familial ties. He remained a loyal alumnus throughout the years volunteering his time when needed and financial resources. He was part of the construction crew that assisted in the construction of Ganfield Gymnasium named in honor of his father’s legacy on the campus. Along with his sister Dorothy, they were generous benefactors establishing endowed funds in their family’s name to support scholarships and programming throughout campus.

Boardman died in El Toro, Cali., in June 1996 at the age of 92.

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