Clinton S. Roberts' nieces and foundation board members Linda Arbesman, '68 Nursing (left) and Ellen Ferrier, '63 CLAS.

Clinton S. Roberts’ nieces and foundation board members Linda Arbesman, ’68 Nursing (left) and Ellen Ferrier, ’63 CLAS.

At the College’s annual awards and honors event, held April 20, the Augustus and Charles Storrs Award was presented to the Clinton S. Roberts Foundation.

The Augustus and Charles Storrs Award is given by the University of Connecticut College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources to recognize and honor those who, through their leadership, generosity, and belief in the future of Connecticut, support the College in its service to the state, region and nation.

The 2016 August and Charles Storrs Award recognizes Clinton S. Roberts, a businessman from Bristol, Connecticut, left a legacy that continues to improve the lives of students at the University of Connecticut College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, through gifts from the Clinton Roberts Fund.

Mr. Roberts was a farmer. In 1992, he suffered a stroke while haying. Mr. Roberts moved to a nursing home as his wife, and son, Warren, who had attended the University of Connecticut, predeceased him. Roberts was a vibrant man, who enjoyed keeping track of the news in hometown of Bristol.

In his 80s, Mr. Roberts was faced with the question of what would be done with his assets when he passed away. He created the Clinton Roberts Foundation, naming nieces Linda Arbesman and Ellen Ferrier and nephew Leonard Roberts as board members.

“It is a pleasure to be a member of the foundation and to provide financial help to students in need and to other worthy groups,” said Ellen Ferrier.

Clinton Roberts died in 1994 and his affection for the land and people involved in the study of agriculture and the environment lives on in scholarships totaling over $375,000 to more than 200 students in the College. Through his nieces interest and involvement in the 4-H program have come gifts for the Connecticut 4-H Farm in Bloomfield and the 4-H Orchard as well as support of projects on a statewide basis.

The Clinton S. Roberts Foundation will continue in perpetuity to honor his vision and to help students continue their studies in agriculture and the environment.

By Nancy P. Weiss