A generous alumni donor has pledged $6 million to UC Riverside to establish endowed chairs honoring four of the founding faculty of the Department of Chemistry: emeritus professors George Helmkamp, Harold (Harry) Johnson, Donald (Don) Sawyer and Hartland (Hart) Schmidt. They are collectively known as the Chemistry Founder's Endowed Chairs.
The establishment of the chairs was announced by CNAS Interim Dean Cynthia K. Larive during homecoming events on campus Saturday, November 14, 2015. Dean Larive recognized Sawyer and Schmidt, who attended the event, along with the families of the late George Helmkamp and Harry Johnson.
"We are deeply appreciative of this generous gift, which will allow us to hire four outstanding new faculty in chemistry,â€ said Dean Larive. â€œWe are also thankful for the donorâ€™s desire to recognize these faculty who paved the way for our very successful program in chemistry, which was recently ranked 41st in the world.â€
The early years of the Department of Chemistry at UCR are chronicled here:
"An anecdotal history from the undocumented memories of several players for the years 1954-84"
by G.K. Helmkamp, H.W. Johnson, Jr., R.C. Newman, Jr., and M.F. Rettig