Salem VFW Post #892 Raises $2000 in Memory of Late Professor
Chris Carlson was a beloved professor of horticulture on the Salem Campus who helped create the program that is unique to this campus. Unfortunately, Carlson lost his battle with ALS and passed away last fall.
Aside from his obvious love of his family, friends and teaching on the Salem Campus, Carlson also had a passion for music. He loved playing, singing, listening to and sharing music of all genres.
Last December, the Salem VFW Post 892 held an all-day fundraiser that paid tribute to Carlson’s life and the things that mattered most to him. Organized by Post Commander Doug Bannon, the event featured a dinner, raffles and 11 local musical acts by artists who often shared a stage with Carlson in the past.
The event raised $2,000 which was donated to the horticulture program on the Kent State Salem Campus.
“Chris was a friend to many, and we all know how much he loved this campus and sharing his knowledge with the students,” Bannon said. “A day of music and friendship was a perfect way to honor his memory. We are proud to help support the horticulture program at Kent State because we know that is what Chris would want most.”
Cutline A: Pictured to acknowledge the $2,000 donation to the horticulture program at Kent State Salem are (from left) Dr. Sheren Farag, director of the horticulture program; Billy Syppko, chief of staff at the Salem VFW Post #892; Doug Bannon, post commander for the Salem VFW Post #892; and Dr. Brad Bielski, interim dean of the Salem Campus.
Cutline B: Chris Carlson
Cutline C: Performing on campus: Acoustic Flashback with The Professor