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The Eberhardt Family Legacy at University of the Pacific

The Eberhardt family legacy
The contributions and impact of the Eberhardt family and the Bank of Stockton are significant over many generations. The university, and especially Pacific students, have benefited immeasurably by their generosity and commitment to the university. Beginning with R.L. Eberhardt who served as a longtime member of the Board of Regents, four other Eberhardt family members have served or are serving as university regents. Three members of the Eberhardt family are members of the 1851 Society, Pacific's most prestigious donor recognition group. The family was recognized in 2014 with the Pacific Alumni Association's Outstanding Family Award.

Eberhardt Student Investment Fund - Established in 2007 with a generous $1 million gift from the Bank of Stockton and CEO Douglass Eberhardt, the Student Investment Fund provides students with a unique opportunity to gain experience in the U.S. stock market. Students are selected through a formal application process and have the ability to manage an investment portfolio currently approaching $3.7 million. Each year, a percentage of the fund's net assets are distributed back to the university supporting the Eberhardt School of Business, speech-language pathology and water polo. To date, the Eberhardt SIF has returned almost $1 million to the university. Read more in this Pacific Review feature, Stellar Student Investors.

Eberhardt presenting check to Student Investment Fund students

Bank of Stockton Eberhardt Faculty Development and Enrichment
Endowment Fund
Established Sept. 12, 1989, to support faculty development and enrichment. The Eberhardt Teacher-Scholar Award is given out to up to five faculty members each year in recognition of exemplary teaching and scholarship.

Charlotte Eberhardt Faculty Research Award
Established June 23, 1988, this award provides an annual stipend to a faculty member for the Faculty Research Lecturer of the year.  It is presented to the recipient as the "Charlotte Eberhardt Faculty Research Award." The major source of these funds were given in memory of Charlotte Eberhardt, mother of Robert Mackenzie and Douglass Mackenzie Eberhardt.

Aquatics Video ScoreboardA 2018 gift from the Eberhardt family and the Bank of Stockton funded the purchase of a new video scoreboard for the Chris Kjeldsen Pool, home to Pacific's nationally ranked water polo teams and swimming and diving teams.

Rendering of the aquatic center scoreboard

Family ties with Pacific
Doug's father, R. L. "Ebe" Eberhardt, served as regent from 1952-1963

Brother, Robert "Bob" Eberhardt '51, earned his bachelor's degree in business in 1951. He succeeded his father serving on the Board of Regents from 1963 to 1994, including 15 years as president. He graduated from Pacific with one of the "returnee" classes following World War II. He served as co-chair of the university's $77 million "Fulfilling the Promise" fundraising campaign, and was a co-founder and former president of the Pacific Athletics Foundation, the fundraising arm of Pacific Athletics. He was recognized in 1994 for his commitment to the university with the Medallion of Excellence from the Pacific Alumni Association. He was honored by Pacific Athletics with the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award in 1982 and was inducted into the Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame in 1984.

Mary "Mimi" (Dutton) Eberhardt, wife of Bob Eberhardt, served as regent from 1995-1998. She has been a longtime supporter of Pacific Athletics and was honored for her dedication, commitment and generosity with induction into the Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012. She has been a member of the Pacific Athletic Foundation (PAF) since it was co-founded in 1970 by her late husband. She was co-chair of the Athletic Department's Fundraising Committee during Pacific's $330 million "Investing in Excellence" campaign and served on the campaign steering committee.

Douglass M. "Doug" Eberhardt '59 served as a regent for 12 years from 2000 to 2009 and from 2010 to 2013. As a student he was a member of the Omega Phi Alpha fraternity and played men's water polo. A generous supporter of Pacific, he served on the campaign feasibility committee for the $330 million "Investing in Excellence" fundraising campaign, and served on the Eberhardt School of Business advisory board. He was inducted into the Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003 as part of the 1956 men's water polo team.

Sister, Mary Alice (Eberhardt) Holt '52, earned her teaching credential in 1952 from the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education and belonged to Alpha Theta Tau sorority.

Doug's wife, Margaret "Margie" (Mell) Eberhardt '60, served on the Alumni Association Board for many years and volunteered in several capacities.

Doug Eberhardt with his wife Margie and daughter Mary-Elizabeth

Mary-Elizabeth Eberhardt Sandstrom '76, '80, daughter of Bob and Mimi Eberhardt, earned a bachelor's degree in physical education in the College of the Pacific in 1976 and a teaching credential from the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education in 1980. She is a current regent, elected to the board in 2017. She has given generously of her time and expertise, serving on the advisory board for Pacific's Educational Equity Programs, the Beyond Our Gates Community Council, Pacific Athletics Campaign Committee, Eberhardt School of Business Advisory Board and the Women's Leadership Council. She also served as director of marketing and fund development for Pacific Women's Athletics and sits on the Student Investment Fund board as the Eberhardt family representative.

Bonnie (Eberhardt) Belcher '77, '79, daughter of Bob and Mimi, earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in communicative disorders from the College of the Pacific in 1977 and 1979, respectively.

David Sandstrom '82, husband of Mary-Elizabeth Eberhardt, earned his bachelor's degree in communication from the College of the Pacific in 1982.

Doug's son, Douglass Eberhardt II '89, son of Doug and Margie Eberhardt, earned his bachelor's degree in business administration in 1989 from the Eberhardt School of Business and was a member of Omega Phi Alpha fraternity.

Daughter-in-law, Deanna (Gilliam) Eberhardt '89, earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from the Eberhardt School of Business in 1989.

Joan (Eberhardt) Snider '91, '93, '95, daughter of Doug and Margie Eberhardt, earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from the Eberhardt School of Business in 1991, her master's degree in communicative disorders from the College of the Pacific in 1993 and her teaching credential from the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education in 1995. She belonged to Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She has contributed to Pacific's speech-language pathology program and served on the Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Association board in the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She has volunteered in a variety of capacities with the Pacific Alumni Association and served on the National Commission (2000).

Steven and Leslie-Ann (Eberhardt) Brown, son-in-law and daughter of Robert and Mimi Eberhardt, have been longtime supporters of Pacific and their daughter Trisha attended Pacific.

Nevin Eberhardt-Sandstrom '12, son of David and Mary-Elizabeth Eberhardt Sandstrom, earned his bachelor's degree in business administration in 2012.

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Media Gallery

A collection of historical photographs and videos highlight the dedication and continuous involvement of Douglass Eberhardt within the Pacific community.

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Legacy

The Eberhardt family has made significant contributions to Pacific, many as alumni and active members of the Pacific community. 

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From Pacific′s Archives

Explore the history of Douglass Eberhadt's time at Pacific and beyond.

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