Article from Tech Annual 2013 - ISU School of Applied Technology

Article from Tech Annual 2013 – ISU School of Applied Technology

Honoring a Legacy Dale Kirkham

In honor and recognition of Dale’s contribution to the College of Technology, a tribute scholarship will be awarded next academic year to a student studying in the ISU Diesel/On-Site Power Generation Technology program.

The involvement of Dale B. Kirkham, Sr., in the Idaho State University Diesel/On-Site Power Generation Technology program is long, devoted, and treasured. He was a generous supporter of diesel education at the College of Technology before passing away on February 8, 2012. The diesel program would not be where it is today without Dale’s attention to detail and the support that he freely gave during his life.

Dale had a great love of cars, parts, and a persistent entrepreneurial spirit that garnered the support of ISU faculty, staff, and students. For 21 years, Dale generously sponsored scholarships for diesel students and served as an industry mentor. He often volunteered his time as an advocate for the program and was able to impact a countless number of students who pursued an education at the College of Technology. Over his lifetime, Dale also provided hundreds of jobs in the area.

Dale, 86, was born in Lehi, Utah, where he learned a love for automobiles and hard work. After high school, Dale fought in World War II and eventually graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in accounting. He then moved to Pocatello where he married Bodell Smith and started a small auto parts business known as Dale’s Auto Supply Company. The business eventually grew to include auto recycling, equipment sales, real estate development, and outdoor advertising enterprises.

Dale was a hard worker, spending everyday actively engaged, and many times his work took him to the ISU diesel program. He visited the College of Technology on his last day of life, a memory that will continue to live on in the hearts of those who admired his dedication and commitment. Dale’s vision and devotion to ISU has resulted in a nationally-recognized and accredited curriculum for the diesel program.

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