NORMAN, Oklahoma (KFOR) – The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma has been renamed after the family of an academic luminary.
The OU Board of Regents approved the college’s name change to Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences, in appreciation of a historic donation from the family of Homer L. Dodge, a renowned educator and scientist who was a former OU faculty member, department head and dean, according to university officials.
The donation will be split equally between the OU College of Arts and Sciences and its Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy. It will mainly benefit scholarships and research grants.
“This extraordinary gift from the Dodge family is momentous, not only for its size, but for the impact that will change the lives of our students for generations to come,” said OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. family Dodge has been a mainstay in our university history for over a century, beginning with legendary physics professor Homer Dodge. This generous donation solidifies their family’s legacy, underscoring their deep commitment to inspire scientists aspiring to capture the forefront of research discoveries. We are deeply grateful for their unprecedented support and faith in our dynamic vision for a bright future. “
The amount of the donation was not stated in a press release from the university, but has been described as “historic.”
“This gift is transformational,” said Guy L. Patton, President and CEO of the OU Foundation. “This is raising the bar for giving to OU and will propel our fundraising efforts.”
Homer Dodge was the head of the OU physics department, established and became the director of the OU School of Engineering in 1924, served as dean of the University College, helped organize the American Association physics professors and helped found the OU University Senate.
He died in 1983 at the age of 95.
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