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Geist scholarship fund named for mentor

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Kathleen F. (MPH ’71) and Shyam R. (PhD ChE ’73) Suchdeo, Ormond Beach, Florida, have established the Dr. Jacob M. Geist Memorial Scholarship Fund. In addition, they are making an expendable gift to the Chemical Engineering Fellowships Fund. The Geist fund is an endowment gift that qualifies for the University’s Michigan Matching Initiative for Student Support. It is named for a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Jack Geist attended Michigan from 1946 to 1950, earning the PhD degree in Chemical Engineering under the guidance of Professor G. G. Brown. His association with Professor Brown would shape Jack’s approach to engineering throughout his career, and he would go on to become an intellectual leader, an innovator and a tireless teacher during his 30+-year association with Air Products and Chemicals. As Dr. Thibaut Brian eloquently noted in his memorial tribute, Jack recruited and mentored many of the engineers who went on to become the backbone of the company’s technology team. The Geist fund will provide scholarships to undergraduate students in Chemical Engineering.

This story was written by Byron Roberts.

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