The Ivy College of Business lost a true champion with the passing of John D. DeVries (‘59 industrial administration), on January 29. In addition to being a devoted alumnus, John served on the Ivy College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council from 1984-2018, advising all five deans of the college.

Here is a link to John’s obituary, which includes information about services.

John devoted years of service to the Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Des Moines, Iowa Association of Business and Industry, where he served as director and chairman, the Iowa State University Foundation, and others.

His career was filled with success and many awards, including the Order of the Knoll Cardinal and Gold Award from Iowa State (1998), Alumni Recognition Medal from Iowa State (1995), Outstanding CPA in Business in Industry from the Iowa Society (1995) where he was one of five national finalists.

The Ivy College of Business presents the John D. DeVries Service Award annually during Iowa State Homecoming. This award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the Ivy College of Business, which is a perfect match for John’s passion of service to others.

John was a loyal supporter of Iowa State University and the Ivy College of Business through his thoughtful, strategic philanthropy, which continues to support a faculty endowed position. He also created the John D. DeVries Presidential Scholarship, which has been awarded to more than 60 students since 1999.

John was among a small group of alumni who could say they were in the first graduating class of Iowa State University of Science and Technology. It was 1959, the year the name of the institution was changed from Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. After graduation, John jumped right into his career by accepting a position as a cost analyst with Collins Radio Company in Cedar Rapids. He later earned his MBA and his CPA and worked for Ernst & Ernst in Des Moines (1962-67), Mid-Continent Industries Inc. in Des Moines (1967-78), and eventually owned his own printing company and marketing company, Colorfx, which continues to thrive today. Community service has been a big part of John’s life.

John will be greatly missed.