Valparaiso University has received a more than $1.1 million gift from the estate of former student and faculty member Dale Kempf. The university says the money will support two faculty development funds in the College of Engineering.
Kempf graduated from Valparaiso in 1962 and served as a member of the engineering faculty from 1964 to 1969. The university says the gift will be divided between the newly-created Dale F. Kempf College of Engineering Faculty Development Endowment Fund and the Dale F. Kempf Endowed Professorship of Emerging Technology, which Kempf established in 1994.
"Valpo is very fortunate to have many alumni who give back with their expertise in the classroom, their philanthropic support, and their love for the University," said Valparaiso University President Mark A. Heckler. "The impact of Dale’s generosity will live on in perpetuity, as the endowed funds will provide permanent resources for engineering faculty development. He was deeply committed to and a wonderful exemplar of the mission of Valparaiso University."
Kempf left Valpo to work in an industrial research and development role with Eastman Kodak Research Laboratories in New York. He was a co-inventor of a camera processor used for recording and developing images, which was patented by Kodak. He retired from Kodak in the early 1990s and returned to Valpo to serve as an adjunct faculty member in engineering and physics for more than 20 years.
The university says the gift supports its $250 million endowment campaign which, to date, has raised more than $163 million.