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Arden Grover: Beloved husband, father and friend
On October 18, 2012, Midland Memorial Foundation was saddened by the news of the death of a dear friend, Arden Roy Grover.

Arden served on the boards of innumerable charitable, religious and civic organizations in Midland. Arden joined the Midland Memorial Foundation Board of Trustees in 1994 and served until 2004 when he accepted an appointment to the Board of Governors where he served until his recent death.

Arden’s contributions to Midland Memorial Hospital are remarkable. Through his service on M.D. Anderson’s Board of Visitors, Arden was inspired to suggest that Midland Memorial Foundation form what we know today as the Honorary Board of Governors. The members of the Honorary Board of Governors serve as ambassadors to outlying and rural communities in the Permian Basin and beyond. Without Arden’s foresight, Midland Memorial Hospital’s influence in our region would not be what it is today.

When one asks a friend or loved one about Arden Grover, the response is an immediate smile. He has been characterized by those who love him as a faithful man of integrity and passionate joy. Midland Memorial Foundation is grateful for the legacy of Arden’s remarkable life which will impact his family and the Midland community for generations to come.

Frank Kell Cahoon:  Statesman and Friend

On January 30, 2013, Midland Memorial Hospital and the entire community of Midland, Texas lost a dear friend and one of its greatest supporters with the death of Frank Kell Cahoon. 

Frank was born to Charles Wilbur Cahoon, Jr. and Sibyl Frances Kell Cahoon on June 20, 1934 in Austin, Texas and was raised in Wichita Falls.  He graduated from Wichita Falls High School and spent his freshman year of college at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado.  The following summer he met the love of his life, Paula Powers, and followed her to the University of Texas at Austin.  The two were married in 1957, then moved to Killeen, Texas where Frank was stationed at Fort Hood as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

In 1959, Frank and Paula moved to Midland, Texas so Frank could pursue a career in the oil business.  In 1964, Frank was elected to the Texas House of Representatives, the only Republican to serve in the 1965 Texas legislative session, and so the family resided in Austin while Frank served two terms.  In 1969 the family returned to Midland and Frank settled into the oil industry.  Successful in the energy business, Frank played a prominent role in the construction of the Kenai Oil Refinery, one of Alaska’s first refineries.

Frank was very active in the Midland community.  He was a member of the Midland City Council and served on the boards of many local non-profit organizations.  Frank served on the Midland Memorial Board of Trustees from 1989 through 2006, when he joined the Board of Governors.

Throughout his 23 years of service to Midland Memorial, Frank had the best interest of Midland Memorial Foundation in mind.  He would often call with a suggestion or a tidbit of information that he thought would benefit the Foundation.  Frank’s devotion and unfailing commitment to the betterment of Midland Memorial Hospital will always be remembered.

Paula and Frank were married for 56 years and have three children, Corrinne, Frank, Jr., and Joseph.  Frank is preceded in death by his parents and beloved grandson, Charles Hayden Bowers.  They have seven grandchildren and numerous extended family and friends.  All who knew Frank will miss his tall tales, and his warmth and humor.  Midland, and the state of Texas, is blessed to have had Frank Kell Cahoon among its citizens.