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When Lexie ’17 and Trey Yates ’17 woke up on Feb. 2, 2022, the expecting couple thought they had another two months before welcoming their daughter into the world. An emergency helicopter flight and cesarean delivery later, a healthy Ashby Yates ’44 was delivered 10 weeks prematurely thanks to Dr. Bethany Kolb ’87. 

Lexie ’17 and Trey Yates ’17 with their daughter, Ashby Yates.

When Dr. Kolb approached a nervous and fearful Trey to share the news of a successful surgery, she immediately noticed Trey’s Aggie ring. Discovering his daughter and wife were in the hands of an Aggie all along, Trey breathed a sigh of relief. “I wish I would’ve known before the surgery,” he shared. “I would’ve been much more at peace knowing my daughter and wife were being cared for by an Aggie!” 

After Ashby’s delivery, Dr. Kolb provided comfort to the couple and even stitched a small patch (right) with Ashby’s future class year on it.

To honor the Aggie who delivered their daughter, the proud parents created the Dr. Bethany L. Kolb ’87 Endowed Scholarship to support future doctors. “To us, she went above and beyond to ensure Ashby was delivered safely,” Trey said. “We hope our gift encourages other Aggies to enter the medical field and make the world a better place like Dr. Kolb has.”  

  • Jansen Merrill '18

  • Director of Development
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Call: 979.431.4148

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