Ralph D. Hauenstein

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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. 

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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.