Visionary Friends and Alumni: Partners in Giving
Dr. Robert and Debbie Christensen, Fishers
As Dr. Robert Christensen worked his way through Indiana University Kokomo, the example of his mother, Doris Alcorn Korba, inspired him.
In her early 40s, with three children at home, his mother enrolled in the Kokomo School of Practical Nursing, which led to a nursing career of more than 20 years at Dukes Memorial Hospital in Peru.
“She worked very hard. She didn’t have it easy due to her circumstances,” he said. “I feel like earning her degree was a great accomplishment.”
After he graduated from IU Kokomo in 1976, he was accepted to the IU School of Medicine, leading him to a successful career as a family physician – first in Michigan, then in Cicero. He completed his career in the Ball State Student Health Center two years ago.
He’s now teaching a physiology lab in the IU Kokomo School of Sciences.
The Christensens established the Doris Alcorn Nursing Scholarship this year, in honor of his mother, as well as the influence IU Kokomo had on his life. They’ve also made a planned gift from their estate.
“I was very happy I attended IU Kokomo,” he said. “It was probably the best college I could have attended, because of the smaller class size and the excellent professors who really cared about the students. I felt it was a more personal relationship with the faculty. It’s grown and improved since I was here, but I think it’s an outstanding college, and prepared me well.”
Christensen believes his mother would be proud to have a scholarship in her name. He’s pleased do help future nurses.
“I just think nurses are angels, and want to contribute to a scholarship to help students financially, to ease their way through college,” he said.