The Marian Callon Endowment honors long-time Columbus High School teacher and administrator, Marian C. Callon.
There never was a teacher at CHS who worked harder, wore more hats, or did more good things for students and colleagues than Marian Callon. She taught English and Math to students with special needs. Her patience, kindness, firmness, but most especially, her terrific sense of humor won the love and admiration of her students and colleagues. Later, as Dean of Women, she employed all those qualities to get the results she knew would benefit young women. She originated the first blood drive, chaperoned Band Camp, sponsored Tri Hi Y and Cheer block as well as cheerleaders, had an act in Sensational Sixties each of its three years, and instigated “Judson Erne Day” the school and community celebration that occurred when Mr. Erne retired as principal.
Her enthusiasm for life never diminished — her interest in students, her love of education, her passion for family and community history, her love of travel, or her desire to keep learning throughout her lifetime. Over her adult years, she learned to ice skate, play the organ, cane chairs, hook rugs, swim, make Tiffany lamps, and upholster furniture, among other pursuits.
She graduated from Trafalgar High School and Franklin College. Her first job was teaching first grade at Center Grove, then a small rural school. During years of teaching at the elementary level, she earned her master’s degree at Butler University and certification to teach high school from Purdue. She taught at the high school level at Connersville before Mr. Erne asked her to come to Columbus. When he later asked her to work as Assistant Dean of Girls under then-Dean Josephine Armuth, Marian returned to school again, and was licensed in counseling and guidance by Indiana University.
Ms. Callon’s generosity provided college educations and other appropriate schooling for her great-nieces and great-nephews, as well as her great-great-niece and great-great-nephew. She also has created scholarships for students from Indian Creek and Columbus at Franklin College and assisted in funding a professional development fellowship in mathematics at Franklin. Ms. Callon has truly demonstrated how to live and contribute in the true Bull Dog way.
The Marian Callon Endowment Fund will provide assistance to students and faculty, with an emphasis on the special education department for programs, celebrations, and positive performance awards.