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John Paul Schaefer

The Frederick Gardner Cottrell Foundation, a nonprofit organization established by Research Corporation Technologies Inc. to provide financial support for scientific research and educational programs, endowed a chair in optical sciences at the University of Arizona and named it in honor of UA President Emeritus John Paul Schaefer.

The Cottrell Foundation’s gift of $500,000, combined with $1.5 million from the University’s Distinguished Endowed Chair Fund in Optical Sciences Fund, will endow the chair at $2 million. 

Schaefer served as president of the University of Arizona from 1971 to 1982.