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Generous gift reflects Ledermans’ bond with U-M

Peter and Susan Lederman contribute generous bequest gift to the Department of Chemical Engineering.| Short Read

Peter B. (BSE ChE ’53, MSE ’57, PhD ’61) and Susan S. (BA ’58) Lederman of New Providence, New Jersey, have made a generous bequest gift to the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Dr. Lederman previously has served as: chair of the Michigan Engineering Alumni Society Board and of the Department of Chemical Engineering External Advisory Committee, member of the College’s National Advisory Committee, and director of the U-M Alumni Association. In 2010, he received the College’s Alumni Society Distinguished Service Award.

Peter adds that, “The University of Michigan has been a very important part of my professional and personal life for more than 60 years.”

This story was written by Byron Roberts. 

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