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12-14-2007

Donation By Richard and Jo Anne Partch Establishes Lectureship to Honor Matijevic

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More than 12 months ago, as Clarkson University launched its celebration of "Egon's Year," celebrating the life and 50-year university tenure of Victor K. LaMer Professor of Colloid and Surface Science Egon Matijevic, a colleague of more than four decades was looking for a way to congratulate Matijevic and leave a legacy in his name.Partches

Richard E. Partch, senior university professor at Clarkson's Center for Advanced Materials Processing, and his wife, Jo Anne, conceived the idea for the Matijevic Endowed Lectureship Series and have contributed $20,000 to establish it. The lectures will attract distinguished scientists as well as successful Clarkson alumni to visit campus annually to share with students the value of a Clarkson education in their careers.

I owe Egon thanks for his many years of leadership and friendship, and for sharing technology with me that raised my vision and capabilities as a chemist, said Richard Partch, when asked why they established the lectureship. "When I came to Clarkson, I was hired as an organic chemist with no reputation or experience or even thoughts of doing anything in the colloidal area -- particle technology. Seven years later Egon asked me to coadvise one of his Ph.D. students and that was my opening exposure to the field of colloid aerosol technology."

Richard Partch, who has been a professor at Clarkson since 1965, has enjoyed a successful and internationally recognized career in the field of particle synthesis and surface modification. His reputation is widespread in industrial sectors and he has been recognized as a fellowship recipient by the National Academy of Science and the Rotary Foundation Scientific Exchange.

In 2000, Partch himself was honored for his work at Clarkson, when alumnus Pete Luellen '79 established the Richard E. Partch Endowed Fund in the name of the professor who mentored him. The fund supports undergraduate research activities directed by Chemistry Department faculty.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty members achieve international recognition for their research and scholarship and connect students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

Photo caption: Richard E. Partch, senior university professor at Clarkson's Center for Advanced Materials Processing, and his wife, Jo Anne, have contributed $20,000 to establish the Matijevic Endowed Lectureship Series (photo credit: Laird Chaffee).

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