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Scholarship memorializes Art and Dorothy Gillespie

May 30, 2012
The Alpena News

The Macker Backers of Alpena board of directors recently established the Arthur and Dorothy Gillespie Memorial Scholarship Fund with the Alpena Community College Foundation.

This endowed scholarship fund honors and memorializes Arthur and Dorothy Gillespie for a lifetime of unselfish contributions to the Alpena community.

Macker Backers of Alpena representatives presented the ACC Foundation with an $11,086 donation. Art was a founding member of the Macker Backers of Alpena board of directors and was instrumental in organizing and conducting many Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournaments in Alpena.

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Germaine Stoppa, right, and David Zeller of the Macker Backers of Alpena board of directors present Alpena Community College Foundation Executive Director Penny Boldrey with a check to establish the Arthur and Dorothy Gillespie Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The three-day tournaments drew hundreds of people to Alpena to play basketball in the downtown streets. Proceeds from the events were used to support numerous charities throughout the Alpena area.

Art and his wife, Dorothy, moved to Alpena in 1956 when he accepted a position at Alpena High School. The Gillespies loved the Alpena community and raised their daughter, Jill, and son, Arthur, in Alpena, where they prospered. Art coached football, basketball, track and wrestling and taught academics for 30 years at Alpena High School.

Service to their community was a way of life for the Gillespie family and Art led by example. He was an MHSAA official for football, basketball, track, cross country, swimming, wrestling and gymnastics.

He conducted many summer recreational programs with outdoor camps for youth as well as waterfront programs. From 1965 to 1969 Art was the director of the Ted Williams Baseball Camp"and became a close friend of the future Hall-of-Famer.

Art directed golf schools in the 1970s at the Boyne Mountain Resort and in the 1980s he served as the director of the Golf Digest schools in the southeast United States. Art received numerous humanitarian and citizenship awards throughout his lifetime. He was named Alpena's Outstanding Citizen in 1994, and was proud to show off his town whenever the opportunity arose.

Art was actively involved at the First Presbyterian Church and served as president of the Men's Club, counselor of youth activities and the building and grounds committee.

ACC Foundation Executive Director Penny Boldrey said, "This scholarship fund is a much-appreciated tribute to Art and Dorothy Gillespie and their legacy will live on at ACC though our students."

A $500 scholarship will be awarded for the upcoming 2012-13 academic year at ACC. Applicants must be a full-time student and resident of Alpena County. In addition, they must have a 2.5 grade point average and include an essay describing their contributions and commitment to voluntary community service projects that benefit the people of Alpena County.

Scholarship applications can be obtained by contacting Boldrey at 358-7297, or e-mail

Anyone wishing to make a donation can send their gift made payable to the ACC Foundation and noting the Arthur and Dorothy Gillespie Memorial Scholarship Fund. Donations should be mailed to 665 Johnson, Alpena, MI 49707.



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