During the month of November, the University of La Verne administration, Board of Trustees, faculty and staff will honor and pay tribute to Richard G. ’42 and Beth T. ’45 Landis in commemoration of their service and commitment to La Verne.
Richard and Beth met at La Verne College in the early 1940’s. It was at this place and during this time that the seeds of a long-lasting relationship were planted – leading to an illustrious future and decades of giving back.
After serving in World War II and having three children with Beth, Richard became the CEO and chair of the Del Monte Corporation. A desire to give back led him to serve on the Board of Trustees for 15 years and as the university’s chancellor in 1984-85. He received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from La Verne in 1981.
Richard and Beth have been models of the philanthropic spirit and have, over the years, created and built a major endowment at the university in honor of Richard’s parents, John and Venna Landis. The Landis Endowed Scholarship currently provides more than $100,000 in annual scholarships to students pursuing careers in business and leadership.
The Landises received the University of La Verne President’s Award in 2000 for their commitment to providing scholarships to worthy students. The Landis Academic Center building, which provides classrooms and facilities for business and leadership students, was established and named in their honor.
Today, their legacy of philanthropy continues to grow with the recent establishment of the Richard G. and Beth T. Landis Endowed Professorship in Business Leadership and Ethics. Established to attract and recognize national and international scholars in Business Leadership and Ethics, the professorship will continue to honor and perpetuate the influence and values of Richard and Beth Landis at the University of La Verne for generations to come.