The late Victor and Ila Mae Brock, longtime Whittier residents, left the entirety of their estate to Whittier College to establish the Ila and Victor Brock Scholarship Fund to benefit deserving students at the College.
After Ila's passing earlier this year, Whittier College was notified it would receive $1.325 million to establish the Brock Scholarship Fund. The estate proceeds were transferred to the College earlier this week, and the first Brock Scholars will be named next academic year.
Whittier College trustee Ruth B. Shannon had a longtime acquaintance with the Brocks as their neighbor on Summit Drive.
" We used to take them to Whittier College events and the Brocks had season tickets to the shows at the Shannon Center. They loved the jazz series and the Aloha series," said Ruth.
The Brocks eventually became supporters of the College and Friends of the Shannon Center. "We have thoroughly enjoyed being season subscribers to various performances at the Shannon Center," said Ila in 2000. "We have been proud to be members of the Friends of the Shannon Center for several years."