"He has to go down in history as one of the finest legislators to come out of the state of Idaho both on the state and national basis. That in itself is a reason for a university to recognize one of their alums. But in addition, he gives back to the university to pay back, to try to help the university get better, so they bring out more Jim McClures."
- John B. Fery
The McClure Center For Public Policy Research's First Leadership Donors
John B. and Delores "Dee" Fery
Please join us in recognizing Mr. and Mrs. John B. Fery for their generous $100,000 gift to the McClure Center for Public Policy. It’s a distinct privilege and honor for the University of Idaho McClure Center to be associated with John and Delores “Dee” Fery. We’re profoundly grateful for their leadership support. The Ferys, individually and together, have led exemplary lives of selfless service. Numerous Boards and their accompanying organizations have benefited significantly by the Ferys’ commitments of their time and talents.
ABOUT THE FERYS
Mr. John B. Fery was graduated from the University of Washington in 1953 and received his Masters Degree from Stanford University, School of Business, in 1955. Mr. Fery also received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Idaho College of Natural Resources in 1993 and an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Gonzaga University in 1982. He worked for Boise Cascade from 1957 to 1994, holding the position of Chairman and CEO from 1972 until his retirement. In addition to his countless contributions to the company, he founded and donates significantly to many organizations within the state, held many Board positions and received numerous awards.
Mr. Fery has held Board Positions with the following companies: Albertson’s, Inc.; Hewlett-Packard Company; West One Bancorp/US Bancorp; The Boeing Company; F&C Corporation. Additionally, Mr. Fery was formerly Chairman of St.Alphonsus RMC and the Idaho Community Foundation and has been an active supporter of St. Luke’s Health Foundation, all located in Boise, ID. Mr. Fery has also received numerous awards of excellence: University of Idaho Business Achievement Award; Stanford University Graduate School of Business – Ernest Arbuckle Award; St. Luke’s Health; Foundation Ralph L. Comstock, Jr. Light of Philanthropy Award; and Greater Boise Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizen Award.
Mrs. Delores “Dee” Fery also was graduated from the University of Washington in 1952 in the College of Education and taught school for several years. During her teaching career, Mrs. Fery was a supervising teacher in the classroom for students from Stanford as well as Whitman College. After the arrival of their three sons, she retired from teaching and began her volunteer activities when their children were young.
Mrs. Fery has been a champion of the arts in Idaho for more than 20 years. The founder and past chairwoman of the Boise Art Museum's Collector's Forum and Chair of the National Advisory Council for the Boise Art Museum, she has been an active volunteer and philanthropist for all major arts groups in Boise. Her grassroots community involvement also includes establishing the Learning Lab at the Boise Public Library, chairing the Albertson College Women's Spring Symposium, and chairing the Festival of Trees Gala. She is a charter member of several organizations including the Idaho Historical Auxiliary and the Sun Valley Arts and Humanities/Boise.
Her exceptional commitment was recognized by Governor Philip Batt in 1996 when she was awarded a silver medallion for her distinguished service as chairwoman of the Idaho Commission on the Arts (ICA). During her tenure as Chair of the ICA, she also chaired the Governor's Arts Awards. In addition, Mrs. Fery represented Idaho as a board member of Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) from 1997-2001. She completed her third four-year term as an Idaho Commissioner on the Arts in July 2007.
Mrs. Fery has been involved in the planning of several important state and national conferences that have brought widespread visibility to Idaho. She chaired the NASAA 2005 Annual Conference Host Committee, which spearheaded a significant fund-raising campaign in order to bring the NASAA meeting to Boise.
In 1999, she and her husband combined their mutual interests in nature and the arts by funding the Idaho Shakespeare Festival's new outdoor park, The William Shakespeare Park. Dee and her husband John were honored with the 1999 Ralph J. Comstock, Jr., Light of Philanthropy Award as distinguished citizens of Idaho.
The Ferys have three sons and three daughters-in-law. Two sons and two daughters-in-law are University of Idaho graduates.