May 15, 1996
Madison Couple Gift Biology Professorship
An endowed professorship in biology has been created at UW-River Falls through the gift of a Madison couple.
Dr. A. Duane Anderson, the retired chief of staff for Meriter Hospital in Madison, and his wife Phyllis, were recently recognized as Distinguished University Benefactors for their gift.
They were honored during a ceremony at UW-River Falls by Dr. Katharine Lyall, the president of the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System, and Chancellor Gary A. Thibodeau.
The Anderson's donation of $50,000 will be used for the Kettelkamp-Lineman Endowed Professorship in Biology. Money earned from the endowment will provide discretionary funding for a faculty member for professional development, travel support for attendance and presentations at academic conferences, supplies and equipment, student assistance support, and research.
It is named for the late Professor Catherine Lineman and Professor emeritus Benny Kettelkamp.
Anderson, who is a native of Gilmanton, attended the University from 1937-40, before leaving to complete medical school at UW-Madison, and surgical training at the University of Minnesota-Mayo Foundation. He went on to a distinguished surgery career, including serving as president of the Madison Surgical Society, president of the Dane County Medical Society, and more than two decades as a clinical professor of medicine at the University Hospital in Madison. In 1982 he was named a Distinguished Alumnus for UW-River Falls.
His academic career was delayed for two years after high school because of his lack of funds. Anderson says he learned of River Falls from friends who convinced him to attend there.
At college he was befriended by Professor Lineman, who hired Anderson as a student assistant in the botany lab. He noted that he was in "dire need" of the money to continue on in school, and the position allowed him to trade his work milking dairy cows before school each morning for science.
"We used to talk a lot, and she was very friendly to me," he recalled of the late Dr. Lineman. "I had no idea what I wanted to do when I graduated, and she suggested that I should become a doctor."
Anderson, continued: "I owe a lot to River Falls and especially to these two people to whom we dedicated the professorship. That's as good as any reason for making the gift," he said.
Mrs. Anderson noted that she had the opportunity to meet Professor Lineman many years after her husband's graduation and was struck by her personal friendliness and warmth.
She added that the couple also was inspired to make the donation because of their strong religious faith and commitment to others. She noted that the couple have been immersed in their Lutheran faith and in Masonic activities throughout their lives. Dr. Anderson has served as a past grand master of the Wisconsin Masonic Fraternity, and serves on the boards of the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation and Wisconsin Masonic Medical Foundation.
The donation to UW-RF, Mrs. Anderson said, was a continuation of their Christian belief in sharing with others.
Said Chancellor Thibodeau of the Andersons' gift, "This is an example of an individual who left and went on to prominence who, when he looks back at a distinguished career, says that two people had a particular influence and helped to direct him.
"When we talked, the things that Dr. Anderson conveyed personally to me on the depth of his feelings for these persons was very touching.
"I think he and Phyllis wanted to do something in a concrete way to honor them, and were pleased that they could do this through the professorship."
The Andersons' donation is the second to create an endowed professorship since the University launched a formal capital campaign in January. The purpose of the capital gifts campaign is to raise major gifts from individuals and corporations to support three separate targeted areas: technology, faculty development, and scholarships.
It will continue over the next several years to coincide with UW-RF's massive "Reach for the Future" strategic plan that is reorienting the institution's academic disciplines and administrative support services for the year 2000.