Gift to Endow Trine Biomedical Engineering Department

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(photo courtesy Trine University) (photo courtesy Trine University)

Trine University has received an endowment benefiting the school’s biomedical engineering department. The amount of the gift from Jim Bock, a 1954 alumnus, and his wife Joan was not disclosed, however the university says the department will be renamed in their honor.

The university says the endowment will provide equipment and other needs for the Jim and Joan Bock Biomedical Engineering Department. Jim Bock graduated from the school, then known as Tri-State College, and would go on to become owner of Bock Industries, which he later sold to begin Bock Engineering Co.

The Bocks previously supported the university with a $1 million gift for what became known as the Jim and Joan Bock Center for Innovation and Biomedical Engineering, which opened in 2013. Jim Bock is the 2011 recipient of Trine's Pillar of Success Award, while Joan Bock was named the Women of Distinction in 2013.

(Pictured left to right) Maria J. Gerschutz, chair and assistant professor of biomedical engineering; Jim Bock; Joan Bock; Melanie G. Watson, assistant professor of biomedical engineering; John Patton, assistant professor of biomedical engineering; and Ray Stuckey, executive director for university advancement. 

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