D. "Honey" and Ned S. Arbury, for whom the Arbury Fine Arts Center
is named, have given generously of their time, talent, and funds
to support Saginaw Valley State University's development as an outstanding
regional university. Mrs. Arbury was named to the governing board
when SVC was established in 1963. She continued to serve in that
capacity until 1986. She has always been among the institution's
most dedicated supporters.
served on the Board of Directors of the SVSU Foundation since the
inception of the University. In the mid-1970s, Mrs. Arbury took
an active role in implementing the fundraising campaign that led
to the construction of the Pioneer Hall of Engineering and Technology.
A decade later, she provided key leadership for the Midland community
committee seeking funding for the Arbury Fine Arts Center.
Mrs. Arbury's interest in art was nurtured at Kingswood School.
She attended Connecticut College for Women following her graduation
from Kingswood. Her interest in art led to a two-year term on the
exhibitions committee of the Midland Art Council. She served on
the Saginaw Art Museum Board of trustees for two years and on their
exhibitions committee for three years. She was the first woman to
be appointed to the Board of Trustees of Cranbrook Academy of Art.
president of A.S. Arbury & Sons insurance firm, is a native of Midland.
He earned his B.A. and M.S. Degrees from the University of Michigan.
Mr. Arbury has a distinguished record of community service. He is
past director and president of the Midland Chamber of Commerce,
and holds memberships in Michigan and U.S. Chambers of Commerce.
He is founder of the Midland County Cancer Society, a past officer
of the United Cancer Council, and served on the Presidential task
Force, as well as numerous other civic groups.
Ned and Honey
Arbury share a deep commitment to higher education. Ned Arbury was
the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from SVSU in
1983. Honey Arbury received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree
from SVSU in 1986.
Arbury Fine Arts Center Dedication Program, May 15, 1988.