The University Record, October 22, 1996

$1 million trust endows chair of U-M-Dearborn Polish studies

By Terry Gallagher
U-M-Dearborn

 

Frank and Mary Padzieski have established a $1 million trust to endow a chair of Polish studies at U-M-Dearborn.

The position, to be called the Frank and Mary Padzieski Endowed Chair in Polish Studies, will be established in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters.

In addition to teaching courses in Polish history and culture, the holder of the chair will be expected to enhance understanding of Polish culture through University outreach programs.

"I'm very pleased that U-M-Dearborn can play an important role in preserving Polish culture and heritage in this region," says Dearborn Chancellor James C. Renick. "The vision of Frank and Mary Padzieski will allow us to establish a position that will be dedicated to Polish studies as long as this institution exists. Their generosity should be recognized and honored by everyone in our community."

Earlier this year, the Padzieskis gave U-M-Dearborn a bust of Madame Marie Sklodowska Curie, the Polish scientist who received two Nobel Prizes. The sculpture is in the Science Building, to honor the accomplishments of women in science.