Distinguished Service Medallion 1986

ARNOLD O. AND MABEL M. BECKMAN

Dr. Beckman, a 1922 graduate, was a scientist, teacher, and corporate executive. Dr. and Mrs. Beckman's philanthropy has made possible numerous educational projects, including the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at Urbana-Champaign. The Medallion was awarded to Dr. and Mrs. Beckman at the Foundation meeting, October 1986.

HELENE R. FOELLINGER

Graduated in 1932, was a newspaper and radio executive in Fort Wayne (Indiana), a member of the University of Illinois Foundation since 1959. Her gift made possible the renovation of the Auditorium on the Urbana-Champaign campus. The Medallion was awarded to Miss Foellinger at the Foundation meeting, October 1986.

 

Board of Trustees Minutes
October 9, 1986

Helene R. Foellinger
Arnold O. and Mabel M. Beckman

AWARD OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES'
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDALLION, 1986

 The Trustees' Distinguished Service Medallion was created to recognize individuals whose contribution to the growth and development of the University of Illinois, through extraordinary service or benefaction, has been of unusual significance.

Recommended as recipients of the medallion for 1986 are the following individuals:

 HELENE R. FOELLINGER. Following her graduation from the University in 1932, Miss Foellinger returned to Fort Wayne, Indiana, as a reporter for the News-Sentinel. In 1936, she succeeded her father as president and general manager of the News Publishing Company and later became president of the News-Sentinel Broadcasting Company, Inc., and Fort Wayne Newspapers, Inc. She has served as director of numerous community, arts, service, and business organizations. She holds honorary degrees from Tri-State College and Indiana University.

Miss Foellinger has been a member of the University of Illinois Foundation since 1959 and became a member of the Presidents Council in 1975. She has served as a member of the Foundation Board since 1975 and a member of the Illinois Cabinet since 1979.

In 1980, Miss Foellinger provided a leadership gift to establish the Illinois Endowment for the Performing Arts. In 1982, she made possible the renovation of the Auditorium on the Urbana campus.

ARNOLD O. and MABEL M. BECKMAN. Dr. Beckman received his B.S. (1922) and M.S. (1923) degrees in chemistry from the University. He received a doctorate in photo-chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1928 and stayed on there as a faculty member. His development of an acidity testing meter in 1934 led to the establishment of Beckman Instruments, Inc., which he served as chief executive until 1965 and from 1965 as chairman of the board until it merged with Smith Kline in 1982. He has also served as director of several other corporate boards. He was a member of the President's Air Quality Board and has served as trustee and board chairman of the California Institute of Technology and the Systems Development Foundation.  He has been a trustee of the California Institute Research Foundation and the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation and a member of numerous civic business and professional organizations.

He received an honorary degree from the University in 1982 and has received such honors from several other universities. The University's Alumni Association gave Dr. Beckman its Alumni Achievement Award in 1960.

Mrs. Beckman, Dr. Beckman's wife of sixty years, has been his partner in establishing a standard of thoughtful and purposeful philanthropy in their gifts to this and other educational institutions.

The Beckmans' extraordinary benefaction will make possible the Arnold O. and Mabel M. Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. They have supported research on the Urbana campus for several years through the Beckman Research Endowment. The Beckmans were among the early major contributors to the Campaign for Illinois.

These awards will be made during the University of Illinois Foundation meeting in Urbana, October 9-11, 1986.

On motion of Mr. Forsyth, this recommendation was approved.