Dr. James T. Napolitan, a Chicago resident and Franklin College board of trustees member, has established The Roger F. Mock ’67 Endowed Memorial Math Scholarship at the college. The $50,000 scholarship fund was established in celebration of his beloved wife’s 80th birthday, Sandra Mock Napolitan, a 1960 graduate of the college, and in memory of her deceased brother, Roger F. Mock, a 1967 graduate of the college.
“Sandra dearly loved Roger,” said Jim. “He was a person not afraid to be different. We have so many great memories of him, such as his passion for acting, that early on took the form of being a professional wrestler named Colonel Roger Peabody, a Britisher.”
The scholarship funds are to be awarded to a Franklin College junior or senior who is majoring in applied mathematics with an interest in entrepreneurial applications. The recipient must have demonstrated academic excellence in the content area.
“The gentleness of Roger’s mind was always a source of amazement to me,” said Sandra. “He loved mathematics, and I think he would enjoy knowing that his scholarship will foster others with that same passion.”
The Mock family legacy at Franklin College is a lengthy one, with Roger having been the twelfth Mock to attend the college. He was a mathematics and chemistry major as a student. His avocations were diverse and creative, including serving in the Army; working in the family business, the Medical Business Bureau of Chicago; editing legal textbooks; crunching numbers and training interns at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange; and serving as a tutor in math and English at Truman College. A resident of Chicago, Roger passed away in 2010 at age 65.
For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.
POSTED Feb 4, 2019