Muscatine Community College Legends February 21



Roy J. Sr. and Lucille CarverRoy, Sr. and Lucille Carver have been selected as the 2019 Muscatine Community College (MCC) Legends.

The couple will be honored at a February 21 function beginning at 6 p.m. at the Merrill Hotel. The event is open to the public with funds directed toward assisting the college’s students.

Roy, Sr. employed entrepreneurism, vision, salesmanship and incredible grit to successfully build Muscatine-based companies, such as Carver Pump and Bandag. Those companies helped put Muscatine on the map of leading industries and innovation.

The farm boy turned pump manufacturer in little Muscatine, Iowa, was always looking to do things better. He grew up wearing overalls, and he wasn’t afraid of work. Carver had worked his way through high school and college, and along the way he coupled his natural curiosity with an obsession about craftsmanship and product quality. And he could see the future (From the book, Revolutions: Bandag’s 50 Years of Innovation in the Tire Industry, by C. Randall Heuston, 2007).

Lucille played the lead role in raising four boys, Roy, Jr., John, Clayton and Marty, and imparting on them their shared values of generosity, kindness and a love of the world. Lucille welcomed all to her home and no neighbor in need was left without a shared meal and her special care. Lucille was Roy’s greatest salesperson and allowed him to live out his dreams and business goals, which included months of international travel at a time.

Roy, Sr. and Lucille contributed to the ninety-year strength of MCC, donating to building projects and the MCC Foundation. The college continues today to benefit from grants awarded by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust.

Dinner will be served “grand-salon”-style, during which time attendees can partake samples from the area’s finest restaurants. Restaurants confirmed to date include Geneva Golf and Country Club, Maxwell’s (Merrill Hotel), Chicharo’s, SCC Culinary Program, MCC Culinary Program, Rendezvous Banquet Facility and Catering, and A Guy and a Grill, Inc.

Entertainment will be provided by the MCC choir and a silent and live auction will close the evening, led by MCC alumnus Jami Schroeder of Schroeder Auctions. Funds raised will go to the MJC/MCC Alumni Association and the MCC Foundation.

Tickets are available now and can be purchased at