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Profile: Lt. Gen. Charles G. “Chick” Cleveland

Lt. Gen. Charles G. “Chick” Cleveland
Master of Arts in history, 1966
Retired
Montgomery, Ala.

An Ace 50 Years in the Making | Before Top Gun, there was Lt. Gen. Charles G. “Chick” Cleveland. And unlike today’s era of unmanned predator drones, Cleveland was at the controls during the dawn of the jet age, engaged in aerial dogfights over the infamous “MIG Alley” during the Korean War. His designation of “ace” was not made official for more than 50 years, but thanks to a lifelong friend and a little help from the Soviet Union, Cleveland’s place among the flying stars was eventually assured. His biography, Once a Fighter Pilot, was published in 2012.

West Point | “When I graduated from West Point in 1949, there was no Air Force Academy, so 20 percent of the graduates went into the Air Force. And I was lucky enough to be in that group. I still remember my first jet flight. The instructor said, ‘On takeoff, keep your hands off the stick and just enjoy.’ We raced off into the Arizona afternoon and it was an exhilarating feeling.”

Korea | ”When I left Korea, I had four confirmed victories, two probables and four damaged. It took five confirmed victories to become an ace in the Korean War. But I didn’t get that fifth victory confirmed because my wingman had been killed, so he couldn’t give his statement.”

The Dogfight | “I hit him hard from close range, and he went into a vertical dive into the roll cloud of a towering thunderstorm. MiGs just didn’t do that. I couldn’t follow him and I didn’t see him bail out, explode or crash, which is necessary for a confirmed kill, but I know he never got out of that thing alive.”

Ace Delayed | “One of those two ‘probably destroyed’ was confirmed as a kill some 56 years later, with new evidence from Russian records. A friend of mine, Dolphin D. Overton, discovered the records in the National Archives. Of course they were in Russian and had to be translated.”

Xavier Connection | “When I came back stateside I was assigned to Wright Patterson Air Force Base and took classes, commuting to Xavier.”

Vietnam | “I was Gen. Westmorland’s executive assistant for a year. That was the toughest year I spent in the service. Vietnam was a different war. All wars are terrible, but if you want to survive, you’ve got to fight ‘em and win ‘em.”

The Pentagon | “I served in the Pentagon from 1975-1979. My last assignment was as commander of Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala., home for all professional education for the Air Force.”

Retirement | “We retired in Alabama, and I was the director of the Montgomery-area United Way. I did that for seven years, and think I did the community some good. I have three volunteer jobs now—one is the president of Say No, an anti-drug coalition, the second is the president of the American Fighter Aces Association and the third is the Alabama World Affairs Council.”

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Many are the Options

Ray and Sue Broerman have been giving to Xavier for more than 20 years.In addition to buying season tickets to men’s basketball games every year, they make regular donations to the Annual Fund at The 1831 Society level, as well as to the Parents Fund, the All For One Club, and to the Ray and Sue Broerman Family Scholarship they started five years ago. Xavier offers these and several other ways to support the mission of educating students.

ANNUAL FUND

The Annual Fund raises more than $7 million a year to support Xavier’s mission of educating students intellectually, morally and

spiritually. Unrestricted gifts allow the most flexibility in directing money to scholarships for deserving students, where it’s needed

most. These gifts help make up the difference between tuition and the actual cost to educate a Xavier student.

THE 1831 SOCIETY

Donors can make a bigger impact on a student’s life with larger gifts of $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund. These gifts qualify donors for membership in The 1831 Society, an elite group whose members make leadership gifts that generate more than 90 percent of total gifts each year.

PARENTS FUND

Gifts to the Parents Fund allow parents of current students to support the education of their son or daughter and all their classmates.

ALL FOR ONE CLUB

Donors score big with a gift to the All For One Club and support the unique programs that help Xavier’s student-athletes find success on the playing field and in the classroom. All For One Club members know they’re making a difference in the lives of student-athletes while also helping Xavier stay competitive. These gifts help the AFO fund scholarships for student-athletes, pay for the academic support provided to all student-athletes, increase the level of competition for all 18 programs, improve facilities, and find and keep great coaches.

WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE

Gifts to Women of Excellence support the intellectual, moral and spiritual development of women through special programs that foster active engagement with and for Xavier. These include the Giving Circle, an annual competition that awards grants to projects and programs submitted by faculty and students that aim to improve conditions and offer opportunities for women and all students at Xavier and in the community. The Women of Excellence was created in 2007 to recognize the significant contributions of women graduates of Xavier and Edgecliff College to Xavier’s history and traditions.

ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS

Those who are able to create endowed scholarships find great satisfaction in being able to set up a permanent fund that generates ongoing tuition support for deserving students. A minimum of $25,000 is needed to provide a student benefit of $1,200 a year, while $700,000 generates scholarship funds of about $30,000, nearly full tuition.

XAVIER’S ENDOWMENT

Gifts to the University’s endowment are a promise to ensure Xavier’s future for years to come. An endowment is a sign of fiscal strength, and growing the endowment is fundamental to sustaining Xavier’s long-term vision of being the nation’s leading comprehensive Jesuit Catholic University. Xavier has an endowment today that’s smaller than at most other Jesuit universities and puts Xavier at a distinct disadvantage. In addition to setting up endowed scholarships, donors can contribute to the endowment with gifts to endowed professorships and chairs.

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Spreading the Love

Life was good when Ray Broerman was growing up in the 1950s. His family had it all: a new house in Bridgetown on Cincinnati’s west side and a neighborhood pool down the street where he and his seven siblings spent the better part of their summer days.

They would head out the door in the morning, swim towels in hand, and stay until it was time to come home for dinner. They slept in bunk beds—the four boys in one bedroom, four girls in the other. There was a peaceful sense of security and routine. Mom was always home, caring for their burgeoning family, while dad went to work each day.

Broerman’s father, Paul, picked a home in Bridgetown for a reason. It was a blue-collar community of hard-working people, the kind who found a good job and kept it for life. And it offered what was most important for Broerman’s father—easy access to the bus line. The family couldn’t afford a car then, so his dad took a bus every day to his job as a machine operator at Macke Brothers Bindery near the railroad yards at Union Terminal. He worked there all his life and rode the bus until Ray, the oldest son, got his driver’s license. That’s when his father bought a 1968 VW Beetle for Broerman and his sister to use to drive mom to the grocery and dad to and from work. They also drove themselves and their siblings to all their sports and school activities.

Though his parents didn’t finish high school, they managed to send all eight children to Catholic elementary schools and encouraged them all to continue their education. When Broerman said he wanted to go to Elder High School, his dad helped with the tuition, but Broerman contributed as well by working part-time jobs. And at the University of Cincinnati, his dad helped him secure loans that he paid back in full.

“My parents knew it was important for the kids to better themselves, and dad never flinched when I asked about going to Elder or UC,” he says. “It was like, ‘I’ll help as much as I can.’ ”

Now Broerman feels it’s his turn to help, and while he can take care of his own family just fine—three of his four sons enrolled at Xavier—he’s taken his father’s example a step further and is trying to help others. This is where his wife, Sue Driehaus, fits in. She also graduated from Xavier in 1976 with a degree in psychology. Broerman may have married into a Xavier legacy family, but he has wholeheartedly signed on as the ultimate Xavier fan. He began about 30 years ago by joining the Driehaus clan as a season ticket holder to men’s basketball.

When his boys enrolled at Xavier, two got academic scholarships. Feeling blessed by their good fortune, and inspired by Bob Driehaus’ annual gifts to Xavier, the Broermans began giving to the Annual Fund as a way to help others the way they and their sons were helped. As that annual contribution rose, they became lead donors to the Annual Fund as members of The 1831 Society. They also support Xavier athletics with regular donations to the All For One Club, they give to the Parents Fund, and three years ago, Broerman began serving on the President’s Advisory Council.

But the Broermans wanted to do more, something more lasting. So five years ago, they created the Ray and Sue Broerman Family Scholarship and have contributed to it every year since. Now that it’s reached its minimum investment of $25,000, the fund can begin helping Xavier students this year.

“We felt we had this wonderful opportunity to continue providing education for others beyond our own children, and we’ve been very fortunate,” says Sue. “So I think we’re just trying to carry on the values that we’ve witnessed with our parents.”

“A scholarship just seems like a great way to do it because we feel we can help someone who can’t afford to go, and it’s a way we can give back,” Broerman says. “Today you read about these kids who come out of school with all these loans, and so I want to help if I can.”

There is, of course, a reward for him and Sue. It reminds him of his own humble beginnings and the way his father helped him get his start in life, so he could have it all. “Mainly it just feels good to help someone that maybe would not have attended Xavier if the money was not there,” he says.

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