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-John Quincy Adams
Couple Honors Former Professors
David ’74 and Lois ’73 Kail can list several professors who have made an impact on their lives. Among them are the late Wanda and Carl Wehner.
“I worked as a laboratory assistant in the chemistry department with Wanda,” David says. “She was so dedicated to her students and she was a great inspiration to me.”
Carl and Wanda established high standards in their classrooms, which gained them a reputation for excellence from their students and colleagues.
Carl was a central figure in the development of a strong department of mathematics and what became the department of computer science. He was a pioneer in the use of computers in the classroom.
Wanda was a central figure in the development of a strong undergraduate program in the department of chemistry, which has gained a widespread reputation for excellence.
Not only were Carl and Wanda outstanding leaders in the classroom, they supported UNI through three fundraising campaigns. They also funded an annual undergraduate research award and established four endowed scholarships that support students in computer science, mathematics teaching, chemistry teaching and elementary education.
Carl and Wanda died in 2013, but their legacy continues through gifts from their estate. Because of the significant impact the Wehners made on David and Lois, the couple will continue to support the Wehners’ mathematics and chemistry scholarships, which they have done for more than 35 years.
David and Lois may have retired to Concord, California, from their respective jobs at Dow Chemical Co. and teaching high school mathematics, but they still remember where it all started.
“Dave and I have been very fortunate and want to give back to the university that opened the door to so many opportunities for us and to honor the professors who made such a difference in our lives,” Lois says.
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