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Dinner Celebrates Successful Fund-raising Campaign


10/21/98

SYRACUSE, N.Y. ­ A gala dinner Thursday, October 22, will cap the successful Appeal for the Jahn Laboratory at the State University College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF).

The Jahn Lab Appeal raised more than $1.1 million to purchase new scientific equipment and to establish student scholarships for ESF's Faculty of Chemistry. The Edwin C. Jahn Laboratory, the first new building on the ESF campus in more than 30 years, was dedicated in October, 1997.

"This was a groundbreaking campaign for ESF," said College President Ross S. Whaley. "It was the first time in our history we were called on to mount a substantive campaign and, in a very short time frame, raise more than $1 million. I'm very proud to say that-with the generous help of our friends and alumni-we were successful at it."

More than 120 people are scheduled to attend the reception and dinner including those individuals who contributed $1,000 and above.

Alumnus Walter P. Smith, Class of '54, made the largest contribution to the fund. Smith, of Portola Valley, Calif., will be on hand Thursday evening to see the Jahn Laboratory's main teaching laboratory, for organic chemistry, dedicated as the Walter P. Smith Laboratory. Smith's donation of $200,000 also is the largest single gift the college ever received from an alumnus.

Of the remaining large-group teaching laboratories, the environmental chemistry teaching laboratory will be named the Niagara Mohawk Laboratory through a gift from the Niagara Mohawk Foundation.

The polymer and analytical chemistry laboratory will be named the William D. Gooden Laboratory through a gift made by Edward K. Mullen '47 on behalf of The Newark Group of Cranford, N.J. Mullen is chairman and CEO of The Newark Group, one of the country's largest producers of recycled paper and boxboard products. The gift was made in memory of Gooden, a 1970 ESF graduate and Newark's former national regional manager.

The celebration dinner is co-sponsored by the ESF College Foundation, Inc. It will be held in the Alumni Lounge in ESF's Marshall Hall. R. Leland Davis, chairman and CEO of the Galson Corporation, will be master of ceremonies for the evening's program. Davis is president of the Foundation.

Other corporate sponsors with named facilities in the new Jahn Laboratory include John D. Marsellus and the Marsellus Casket Company, Galson Corporation, Bond, Schoeneck & King, Harden Furniture Company, M&T Bank, and Syracuse Research Corporation.


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