The Nazir Khatri Fund to Support Engaged Learning in Chemistry Established
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The Nazir Khatri Fund to Support Engaged Learning in Chemistry was recently established by the Hoover Family Foundation. The $25,000 grant is a culmination of the Hoover family’s long tradition of support for the college and the great respect and admiration family members have for professor emeritus Nazir Khatri.

The connection between the Hoover family and Franklin College runs long and deep. Mildred Mickel Hoover ’23 initiated the connection as a Franklin College student, and her husband, Dr. Truman Hoover, served with distinction as a long-term member of the college’s board of trustees. Together, they were among Franklin’s most generous benefactors, supporting a range of student-centered, capital and programmatic initiatives.

Their son, James “Jim” Hoover, continued the family tradition of service and support of the college by also serving as a highly respected member of the board of trustees.  He permanently cemented the Hoover family’s philanthropic legacy with the establishment of the Hoover Family Foundation. The Foundation has been a major contributor to the Franklin College science program by establishing the Hoover Dean’s Fellow in Chemistry and providing lead support for the Franklin College Science Center, currently under construction.

Nazir Khatri, Ph.D., began teaching chemistry at Franklin College in 1989, and served as the sole occupant of the Hoover Dean’s Fellow from its inception. He retired in May 2018 and was bestowed with emeritus status upon his retirement by the Franklin College Board of Trustees.

“Nazir’s dedication to his discipline and to his students was greatly admired by both Jim and his son, David Hoover, the executive director of the Hoover Family Foundation,” said Franklin College President Thomas J. Minar, Ph.D. “The Nazir Khatri Fund to Support Engaged Learning in Chemistry honors the teaching career of a beloved professor in the most positive way, by directly supporting students and their research.”

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POSTED Oct 22, 2018