A third-generation Bethany College alumnus has provided his alma mater with a gift that will impact generations of future Bethanians. 

The Bethany College Endowment has received a $1.5 million gift from the estate of the late Frederick H. Tilock, M.D. A retired physician who resided in Carlsbad, Calif., Dr. Tilock passed away on Oct. 25, 2006 at the age of 73.

“Throughout his entire adult life, Fred Tilock was a devoted and faithful alumnus,” said Bethany President G. T. “Buck” Smith. “I don’t believe he ever missed an alumni gathering in Southern California. Bethany and his Beta fraternity were his passions. It is a fitting and wonderful thing that he honored both so generously in his estate plan.” 

A native of Lorain, Ohio, Dr. Tilock followed a well-worn family path to Bethany College shortly after World War II. His father, Walter Tilock, played football at Bethany, graduated in 1920 and later served on the Board of Trustees. Dr. Tilock’s grandfather, Herbert, graduated from Bethany in the late 1800s. His uncle and namesake, Frederick H. Tilock, Sr., graduated in 1917.

Dr. Tilock graduated from Bethany College in 1954 with a B.S. in Biology and went on to earn his medical degree at Temple University in Philadelphia. He spent more than two decades as a pathologist with the United States Navy and served for 10 years at Tri City Hospital in Oceanside, Calif. He was also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pathology at the University of California-San Diego. 

Dr. Tilock was a member of Beta Theta Pi during his years at Bethany and remained active with the fraternity throughout his life. His gift is designated to provide scholarship assistance for children or grandchildren of alumni from any Beta Theta chapter who choose to attend Bethany College.

Scholarship recipients will be selected based on need and academic achievement. In order for a student to continue receiving scholarship benefits after his initial grant, he must maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) equal to or higher than the average GPA of all students in the recipient’s class year. The first Tilock Scholarships will be awarded for the 2008-09 school year.