Limestone Names Ann Beam Crotzer Philanthropist of the Year
Ann Beam Crotzer '56, Limestone's Philanthropist of the Year for 2012.

Limestone College alumna Ann Beam Crotzer was named the College's 2012 Philanthropist of the Year during a luncheon on May 2nd.


A member of Limestone's Class of 1956 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education, Ann has selflessly provided her support and talents to her alma mater.

"It is a great pleasure and honor to recognize an alumna who exemplifies the Limestone spirit. Ann Beam Crotzer is a shining example of the concept of philanthropy," said Limestone President Dr. Walt Griffin. "Limestone has been blessed with outstanding graduates through the years since 1845. During Limestone's history, there have been successes and failures, but there has never been a shortage of dedicated alumni, such as Ann, who believed in Limestone and who wanted Limestone to grow and prosper; to be of service to new generations of students, and to become widely recognized as an outstanding liberal arts college."

The following are but a few examples of her extensive contributions to Limestone over the years:

• Service as President of the Cherokee County Alumni Chapter in which she led efforts to renovate and improve many areas across the campus

• Support of student organizations, academic departments and numerous other Limestone projects for nearly 30 years

• Leadership roles in multiple campaigns including her current role as Honorary Chair for the Today's Needs...Tomorrow's Dreams campaign

• A major role in Limestone's annual Scholars, Dollars, and Chocolates Banquet, which benefits Limestone's Cherokee County Scholarship Program

• Donating antiques to be displayed in Limestone's McMillan Hall, and refurbishing couches and chairs in that building

• Contributing regularly to the Limestone Fund

• Purchasing and planting beautiful flowers outside McMillan Hall, and along with Jean Byars providing center pieces for numerous luncheons and dinners

• Leveraging her skills as a master gardener to help with the creation of the "LC" design on the bank near Granberry Hall.