The goals of The Clabough Foundation are:

  • To promote and improve the conservancy and stewardship of the natural resources in the High Country of North Carolina and the Deschutes River Watershed of Central Oregon by aiding public and private organizations involved in such activities.


  • To promote and foster the regional arts and cultural offerings of the High Country area of North Carolina and the Deschutes River Watershed area of Central Oregon.

The Foundation emphasizes recreational and educational activities in achieving these goals.




Tom Sr. & Helen Clabough



Clabough Family-Greece

Tom Clabough Sr. was born near Knoxville, TN in 1925.  He was the youngest of 11 children, and was raised on the family farm.  After the USA entered World War II, in 1941, Tom was drafted and served in the Pacific Theatre.

Clabough Family in Egypt

After his discharge, he attended The University of Tennessee on the GI Bill.  Following his education, he worked in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and in the early fifties was hired by the newly formed ARAMCO OIL.  He relocated to Saudi Arabia and was among the first group of westerners to work in the country for ARAMCO.

Helen Malmquist was born in Patchogue, New York, in 1928. She was the eldest of three children. She graduated from high school in 1946 and took a secretarial position in New York City, where she worked for six years. She developed a love for the theater and would often attend an evening show. Following her sense of adventure and love of travel, Helen flew to Rihaud, Saudi Arabia, in 1952, to work as an executive secretary for ARAMCO.

In September 1958, after a year of courtship, Helen married fellow ARAMCO employee, Tom Clabough. They eloped to Belgium and toured Europe for their honeymoon. In November 1970, after much waiting and anticipation, Tom and Helen flew to Texas to adopt a 5-day-old boy whom they named Thomas. Returning to Saudi Arabia after five days in the United States, Helen decided to quit working in order to devote more time to her young son.


Clabough Family - Greece

In 1979 the family moved to Hawaii for a short time. Then, in 1981, they moved to Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Tom and Helen loved the mountain atmosphere.  Surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains, Helen and Tom took pleasure in the outdoor activities the area had to offer. Tom worked as a realtor and later as a private developer.  They loved to drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, taking in the fantastic views, and walking around Bass Lake. Tom particularly enjoyed Moses Cone Park, Grandfather Mountain and The Blue Ridge Parkway. 


Helen and Tommy

Helen's love for learning was tireless. She enthusiastically attended many of the Senior Scholars programs at AppalachianState University, and her interests were always growing and changing.


After Tom’s death from leukemia in 1990, Helen remained in Blowing Rock where she maintained an active lifestyle.  In 1997, after developing Alzheimers, Helen moved to an assisted living facility in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she continued to enjoy the outdoors. She took great pleasure in visiting the park, feeding the ducks and taking walks around the lake. Her love of theater never faltered, and she saw many shows in Charlotte and even traveled once more to New York to visit family and take in a few Broadway productions.

Helen passed away in 2001 at the age of 73.  A charitable foundation was established to receive the family's assets at her death. The interests of the Clabough family are reflected in the activities of the Foundation in its mission to preserve and enhance the environmental and cultural resources of the High Country of North Carolina and the Deschutes Watershed of Central Oregon.






               Frank B. Gibb, III

  • Mr. Gibb is Chairman Emeritus of Godsey & Gibb Wealth Management and was a founding member of the firm in 1985, following a career in trust and investments that began in 1970. He specialized in equity and fixed income investment management for both taxable and nontaxable portfolios, with primary emphasis on family assets, trusts, and foundations. A graduate of Lynchburg College with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Mr. Gibb followed his undergraduate degree with graduate studies at the College of William and Mary. Prior to founding Godsey & Gibb Wealth Management, Mr. Gibb held senior management positions with major Virginia and Tennessee trust and investment institutions. He has served on numerous bank management committees including the asset/liability committee. Mr. Gibb is deeply involved with community philanthropic efforts. Mr. Gibb serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Clabough Foundation. In addition, Mr. Gibb has served on the Board of Trustees of Lynchburg College and as a member of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) Business Council. He has provided scholarships to the Richmond Art and Cultural Program (Pine Camp), the Richmond Symphony Summer Camp, an endowment to the Claytor Nature Study Center at Lynchburg College, the Peace Center, City of Greenville and other arts and environmental organizations.



               Carole Spainhour

  • Carole practices law in Asheville NC and Greenville SC in the areas of Estate Planning and Elder Law. She is the current Chair of the Elder Law Section of the NC State Bar Association, and is active in both the NC and SC chapters of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Carole has been selected for inclusion in the “Best Lawyers in America” in the field of Elder Law since 2010. Her interests include hiking, biking, kayaking, and just being outdoors.



               Tommy Clabough

  • Tommy is the only child of Tom and Helen Clabough. The family lived in Saudi Arabia where his father worked for Aramco. Tommy attended the Aramco School and travelled extensively in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. In 1980, the family returned to the United States, making their home in the village of Blowing Rock, NC. Here Tommy discovered the mountains, rivers, and deep forests of the Blue Ridge. In 1990, Tommy explored the Rocky Mountains, and settled in the alpine town of Crested Butte, CO. There he continued his passion for mountain life through back-country skiing, fly fishing, and climbing the peaks of the Continental Divide. While in Crested Butte, Tommy began his career as a chef and met and married his wife, Katy. In 2001, Tommy and Katy relocated to Bend, OR, where they currently reside with their daughter, Lila, and son, Quinn.

    After many years as the executive chef at a well regarded seafood restaurant in Bend, Tommy became the owner and chief baker of Nancy P's cafe and Bakey.http://www.nancyps.com/

    In the community, Tommy is active with wild salmon and steelhead protection, as well as watershed conservation. His hobbies are fishing and skiing with his family.



               Kathryn Taylor Clabough

  • Katy Clabough was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She moved to Colorado in the early 90's to study at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs. Upon finishing school, she moved to Crested Butte, Colorado where she met and married her husband, Tommy Clabough. The couple moved to Bend, Oregon in 2001. Katy is passionate in the subject of gemology and worked for many years for a high end, family owned Bend Jewelry store. In 2011, Katy and her husband bought Nancy P's Cafe and Bakery, which the family now runs. Her interests include skiing, paddle boarding, yoga and especially, her two beautiful children.



              Marie Weingartner (Former Trustee)

  • Marie Weingartner attended the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina (now UNC-Greensboro) and was graduated from the University of Maryland. She worked as an editor in Washington, D.C., first for an education association and later at the Library of Congress. After twenty years as a business and reference librarian in Annapolis, MD, she moved to the North Carolina mountains. Her interests are music, art, architecture, reading and basketmaking. She also enjoys hiking any place in the world where there is beauty.



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