As the Victors for Michigan campaign goes into full swing, the Department of Chemistry announces a major gift of $100,000 from Wayne A. and Carol H. Pletcher to establish a fund to support graduate students. This gift will be augmented by matching funds. “These additional graduate fellowship funds will significantly enhance our graduate program and we are very grateful for this gift,” says Carol Fierke, UM Chemistry department chair. Wayne Pletcher earned his M.S. and PhD (1970, Wiseman) in Chemistry at the University of Michigan and was a postdoc at UM. Currently an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota, he was formerly the director of Corporate Technical and Business Planning at 3M and president and CEO of Minnesota Technology, Inc. Carol Pletcher earned an M.S. in Chemistry (1968) from UM and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota. She is a former vice president at Cargill and the current president of Pletcher Incorporated.
John Gladysz (B.S. 1971) a distinguished professor of chemistry and Janet Bluemel, professor of chemistry, at Texas A&M University, have pledged more than $1 million from their estate to endow the Edward and Margean Gladysz Professorship, which will provide research support for an associate professor in Chemistry. They also plan to establish a fund that will provide research support for advanced assistant professors. Additional bequests will support undergraduate students and provide discretionary support to the department. The professorship fund is named in honor of John’s parents, who have also made a generous bequest to this fund. John’s sister, Margean V. Gladysz, has also provided a bequest through her estate to support the professorship. John worked with Daniel Longone while an undergraduate at Michigan. Texas A&M, the University of Utah, and Western Michigan University are also recipients of John’s and Janet’s generosity. John began his studies at Western Michigan University and the family has Kalamazoo roots.