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Ohio Wesleyan to Honor Former Professor, Administrator

April 23, 2007

Ohio Wesleyan University today announced that it will name a laboratory in Schimmel/Conrades Science Center and establish a scholarship fund in honor of the late zoology professor and university administrator John N. Chase, Ph.D. As part of the announcement, a special reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. May 12 in room 301 of the Science Center.

A 1949 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan, Chase was a scientist who also served as vice president of academic affairs and provost at the university until his death in 1977. The recently established John N. Chase Scholarship, which has exceeded $30,000, will provide scholarship assistance each year to a student who exemplifies academic excellence, is dedicated to the study of biological sciences (preferably zoology), and has demonstrated financial need. The first recipient will be chosen during the 2007-2008 academic year.

“John was an extraordinary man and a significant figure in the life of this college,” says Dennis C. Radabaugh, professor and chair of the university’s Department of Zoology, who worked alongside Chase in the 1970s. “He demonstrated an infectious enthusiasm, a love of learning, and an ability to draw out the best in those around him.”

Chase encouraged a long line of Ohio Wesleyan graduates. Present at the May 12 reception will be Chase’s wife, Norma Loveland Chase ’46, sons Geoff Chase ’71 and Peter Chase ’74, and granddaughter Beth Chase Morrison ’99. His grandson, Andrew Chase, will be graduating with the Class of 2007 at the university’s commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. May 13.

For questions about contributing to the John N. Chase Scholarship, contact Lindsey Gale at (740) 368-3308. Those interested in attending the May 12 reception can RSVP to Mary Lou deJonge at (740) 368-3313.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, dedicated to preparing students for a lifetime of learning, service, and leadership. Located in Delaware, Ohio, 20 miles north of the state capital, Ohio Wesleyan is a coeducational, residential, privately supported undergraduate institution. The university is ranked consistently by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives.” The faculty includes more than 135 educators, all of whom actively teach and hold either doctoral degrees or the highest recognized professional degrees in their fields. Approximately 1,850 students representing 44 states and 45 countries attend Ohio Wesleyan. More information is available at www.owu.edu.