A $1.5 million gift from Betsy Fife will benefit the School of Science at IUPUI. The gift will endow a chemistry department chair in honor of Fife’s late husband, Wilmer Fife. 

The planned gift will help support the endowed chair in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology to help recruiting, retaining and honoring a faculty member. The gift also counts toward the For All: Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign. 

"This endowed chair will have great impact on all aspects of the mission of the department: it will facilitate faculty research success, it will enhance student achievement, and it will significantly improve the growing reputation of the department and the university," said Dean Simon Rhodes. 

Betsy Fife received a Master of Science in nursing from the IU School of Nursing at IUPUI in 1976 and a Ph.D. in sociology from the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington in 1990. She is also an emeritus member of the faculty of the School of Nursing at IUPUI. Wilmer Fife served as chair of the Department of Chemistry in the School of Science from 1971 to 1980.