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Chemistry Chair To Jordan

 

 
Chemistry professor Truman Jordan is the first recipient of the Sherman and Vera Shaffer Endowed Chair of Chemistry.

Vera Phelps Shaffer ’22

Chemistry professor Truman Jordan is the first recipient of the Sherman and Vera Shaffer Endowed Chair of Chemistry, established this year with a $1.25 million endowment from the estate of Vera Phelps Shaffer ’22. She died in 1999.

Shaffer’s $3 million estate also endowed a scientific instructional equipment fund ($1.5 million) and a scholarship fund for chemistry majors ($250,000). Her husband, Sherman S. Shaffer ’22, who died in 1967, was an authority on physical chemistry. He was a research chemist for Humble Oil Co. in Baytown, Texas, for 35 years. Cornell awarded him an honorary doctor of science degree in 1954 and named the chemistry area of West Science Center after him.

The Shaffers studied geology at Cornell and maintained a lifelong interest in the subject. While living in Texas they became interested in lapidary work. In 1980 Vera Shaffer donated a mineral collection of more than 1,000 specimens to the geology department. Many of the samples are displayed in the at Anderson Geology Museum at Norton Geology Center. Jordan has taught at Cornell for 34 years.

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