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Laubach endowment honors PLU chemistry professor

Dr. Fred Tobiason '58

Thanks to the generosity of Chuck ('60) and Ann (Thingvall '56) Laubach, endowments to support both faculty and student research in the natural sciences have been established for long-time friend and retired PLU chemistry professor, Dr. Fred Tobiason '58.
Earnings from the Dr. Fred L. Tobiason Endowment for Faculty/Student Science Research will provide stipends for PLU faculty and undergraduate students involved in natural science research. Dr. Tobiason taught at PLU from 1966 until he began phased retirement in 1992. He has continued serving the university by teaching classes part-time and conducting research.

Gift proceeds also established the Charles and Ann Laubach Family Endowment for Faculty/Student Science Research. For most of his career, Chuck was a chemist at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash., and Ann has been managing the family business, Bri-Lor Enterprises.

This significant gift from the Laubachs helped PLU meet the initial requirements of a challenge grant from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust. An additional $276,600 for endowment to support faculty/student science research must be raised by March 2002 in order for the university to receive the final grant installment from the Trust.

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