North Central College - Naperville, IL

Dale Grantman '50 Honored with Outstanding Alumni Award


Dale Grantman ’50 has distinguished himself by his successful business career, dedication to service and his loyal support of his alma mater.

“We never get where we are without someone else’s help,” said Grantman, after receiving an Outstanding Alumnus Award at the Homecoming awards ceremony. He thanked North Central College for his educational foundation; his father John Grantman ’20, “who dearly loved this school;” his brother Jim; and his wife Virginia Klein ’51 Grantman.

After graduating from North Central College, Grantman served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1953. His business career included co-ownership of Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Red Wing, MN, (with his brother Jim) and serving as president and owner of Campbell’s Nutrition Centers in Des Moines, IA, from 1957-1995. Grantman found time over the years to volunteer with many service clubs in Des Moines, and as president of Exchange Club of Red Wing, as an elder in the Presbyterian Church of Red Wing and as a member of the North Central College alumni board.

Grantman and his wife have contributed to many efforts at North Central, including the renovation of Old Main and endowed scholarships. In 2006, Dale and his brother created the Grantman Endowment with a gift of $1.5 million to the College in honor of their father. It supports the Grantman Professorship in Business and Economics. Andrew Whitaker, professor of economics and finance and chair of the Division of Economics and Business, was awarded the new endowed chair in October.

“Someone came before me and supported this school,” said Grantman. “Since I had success in my life and I love this school, I thought I should give back, too.”

Annual Report 2008