Meet some Progress Makers
Before they met in Fort Myers, Fla., Zbig and Maureen Grabowski had lived in five countries combined. A professor emeritus of physics, Zbig was born in Poland, earned his PhD in Sweden, then taught at Purdue for 39 years.
Marty Rosenberg has an impressive resume by nearly anyone’s standards — 10 years at the National Institutes of Health, followed by 20 years at GlaxoSmithKline, where he retired as a senior vice president in 2001. Even his retirement is an ambitious one.
Andy Hirsch is the academic equivalent of a pentathlete, though he’s too modest to admit it. In his 34-year career at Purdue, the professor of physics has taught, done research, developed courses, served as department head and even helped develop a model of how middle-school students learn science.
In the mid-1990s, Dale and Sonya Margerum wanted to do something special to celebrate Dale’s 65th birthday. Because Dale had been on the faculty of Purdue’s Department of Chemistry for more than 40 years, they decided to establish the Dale Margerum Scholarship/Research Fund to provide undergraduate students with research opportunities.
Bill Phillips has been an enthusiastic supporter of Purdue students through the years. He’s spoken to Purdue science classes, conducted mock interviews with students and recruited graduates for his employer, Abbott Laboratories.
Because her father and her uncle played Boilermaker football in the late 1940s and early 1950s, Dianne Durham grew up making regular road trips from St. Louis to West Lafayette. That experience built a natural affinity for Purdue, but it was something else that made Durham enroll at the University.
About 20 years ago, a good friend of Jim and Mary Jane Limp created an endowment that would fund a four-year college scholarship after his death. This got the couple talking.
Jim Nardi fell in love with nature growing up on his family’s orchard near Rockville, Ind. That passion led him to earn a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences at Purdue in 1970 and a PhD at Harvard in 1975.