Col. Ralph Hauenstein

 The Director of the Michigan Heroes Museum in the house, John Ryder, discussing the many exhibits, including an exhibit featuring Ralph Hauenstein, located in Frankenmuth. / Grand Valley State University

Two years after his death in 2016, Grand Rapids Philanthropist Ralph Hauenstein received the MAK Award Thursday evening from the Michigan Historical Commission. Named after Gov. William G. Milliken, Michigan Historical Commission member Elizabeth Sparks Adams and Attorney General Frank Kelley, the MAK award is given to someone who has played a key role in preserving the history of Michigan. / Grand Valley State University

Ralph D. Hauenstein, the son of philanthropist Ralph W. Hauenstein carried out his late father’s wishes Monday announcing financial gifts to three West Michigan institutions.

“I think his life was exemplary of where he’s placed his fortune. Represented here are the mind, the body and the soul and the health of all three,” said Brian Hauenstein, the Grandson of philanthropist Colonel Ralph W. Hauenstein who passed away in January 2016.

WGVU Public Media will broadcast live Ralph Hauenstein: A Celebration of Life, The funeral will air on WGVU Life 35.2/52.2, WGVU 88.5/95.3 FM, and via the WGVU website tomorrow from 10 – 11 AM.

WGVU-FM talks with Gelaves Whitney, the Director of Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies. Whitney spent more than a decade with Ralph Hauenstein both personally and professionally.