Ethel and Ward Cable Family Faculty Heroes Award

The Ethel and Ward Cable Family Faculty Heroes Award honors one College of Professional Studies faculty or staff member each year who has done something heroic. In some cases the recipient has been heavily involved in an organization or community activity, in other cases they have developed a program to meet a community need or the needs of an individual; and in many cases they involved UW-Stevens Point students in their cause. The award will include a $1,000 (non-salary) grant to advance the work of the program or cause.
 
This fund was established by Dick Cable and Judy Cable Anderson, as an opportunity for the Cable Family to honor their mother and Father, Ethel and Ward Cable. This fund provides additional financial support to a faculty and/or department program or initiative that is deemed “heroic” in nature by the dean of the College of Professional Studies.

About Ethel and Ward Cable Family

Ethel lived in Stevens Point for over 70 years. She raised four children with her husband Ward, until his untimely death in 1948.   widow at 43 and needing to provide for her young family, Ethel worked as a short-order cook at the Campus Café and the College Eat Shop near the UWSP campus.  She also rented rooms to university students, who stayed in touch with her and her family for years after their graduation with letters and visits. Later, she was employed with Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association until her retirement in 1970.
 
Her family always came first and she was proud of them all.  
 
Bill taught high school mathematics at P.J. Jacobs High School before transferring to UWSP in 1962 to join their math department. He retired from education in 1992 and lived in Stevens Point with his wife, Virginia. They have six children and 9 grandchildren. Bill died April 28, 2015 in Stevens Point.
 
Dick was a P.J. Jacobs High School basketball standout in the 1950’s and went on to play for the University of Wisconsin Badgers, and graduated in 1955. He retired from Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company in Eau Claire as General Agent. He has four children, 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
 
Bob is a retired engineer with the Soo Line Railroad, with over 39 years of service.  He lives in Whiting with his wife, Lois. They have two grown children and three grandchildren.  
 
Judy worked for a Stevens Point CPA firm for nearly 20 years in payroll data processing before joining the College of Professional Studies at UWSP, retiring in 2005. Her husband John Anderson was a local writer, historian and former Director of News & Publications at UWSP, until his death in 1994. She lives in Stevens Point and has two sons, three step-sons and 1 grandson.
 
Ethel belonged to a Stevens Point bridge club for over 50 years and made life-long friendships. An excellent cook, she made many holiday dinners at her home with family and close friends.  
 
Ethel lived a colorful life. She died at the age of 101 in 2006. Her children will always remember the special times she created, her terrific meals that we loved and her good example that we all tried to follow.
  
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