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Fellowship Honors Michael Szwarc

Polymer Institute Renamed


image of Michael SzwarcThe family of Michael M. Szwarc has established a $100,000 endowment to fund a graduate fellowship in physical chemistry.

Ralph Szwarc and his wife Iris, Meira Penchina and her husband Claude, and Rina Szwarc -- the children of Michael and Marysia Szwarc -- established the endowment in memory of their father, who died in August 2000. He was 91. Szwarc taught at ESF for 27 years beginning in 1952 and established the college's Polymer Research Institute.

"Michael Szwarc was senior among the college's most distinguished scientists," said ESF President Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr. "We are grateful to have had him as part of this great institution. We also are tremendously thankful for his family's continuing interest in contributing to the betterment of our college."

Szwarc founded new fields of polymer science and made possible a host of new functional materials with indispensable applications in a broad array of industries today.

In recognition of his accomplishments, the ESF Board of Trustees voted to rename the Polymer Research Institute at its May 2001 meeting. The facility now is called the Michael M. Szwarc Polymer Research Institute at SUNY-ESF.