UH: Like One of The Family


The weather on this Houston early spring day was cold and gray with on-and-off misty rain. "It's a good day," remarks Carl Arp ('64) as he flashes a bright smile and glances out the window. "We beat Rice last night. If we beat them at tiddlywinks, I love it."

Carl was referring to UH Cougar Baseball's March 25th win over then No. 10 Rice University. For the four fans sitting in a cozy living room and discussing their favorite UH moments, nothing brightens a rainy day more than a winning season.

"We're excited about the new football stadium," said Dorothy, Carl's wife. "We get excited anytime we go to campus and we see and hear about all the things they're doing. That's how we've been getting people more involved with alumni groups. We tell them, ‘You've just got to go out and see what's new there.'"

Carl, a graduate of the C.T. Bauer College of Business, and Dorothy are Life Member alumni and active members of UH's philanthropic community. Joe Arp ('61) — Carl's brother and Bauer College of Business alumnus — and his wife, Elizabeth, also are generous supporters of UH and Houston Athletics. For Joe, UH remains THE University.

"We grew up with UH, that's what attracted Carl and I to it," said Joe. "When we were small, we lived a short distance from the campus. I even learned how to drive in the old stadium parking lot."

"And I used to sneak into Frontier Fiesta as a kid," said Carl. "When I was there for college, those were the days just after Frontier Fiesta was on the cover of Life Magazine. We saw UH grow and improve right in front of us."

"And it's an absolutely beautiful campus now," said Elizabeth. "I ask people all the time if they've been out to see it recently. Because they should."

Both Arp families decided recently to create a lasting impact by naming UH as a beneficiary of their respective estates. Carl and Joe are both members of the newly named In Tempore Legacy Society, which honors donors who include UH in their estate planning. For two brothers who speak as if the University is part of their family, this manner of giving back always seemed the right thing to do.

"I believe that every little bit you do for the University matters," said Carl. "It's amazing to me what UH has done in the past 30-40 years. It's just gotten bigger and better, and it will, if we all work together, become unstoppable."