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Release: March 12, 2001
Engineer is remembered in gift for UI river research
IOWA CITY, Iowa-- A $100,000 gift to the University
of Iowa Foundation will help fund construction of a classroom in the Mississippi
Riverside Environmental Research Station (MRERS), which the University of
Iowa will build near Muscatine, Iowa, this summer. Marie F. Carter of Bettendorf,
Iowa, made the gift in memory of her late husband, Archie N. Carter, an engineer
and UI alumnus. The gift will help the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research
(IIHR) and the UI College of Engineering build the first university-affiliated,
comprehensive river-research station in the world.
The IIHR, which is recognized internationally as a
leader in hydraulics, hydroscience and engineering, has a long history on
the Mississippi River, having helped design several of its locks and dams
in the 1930s. The new facility will bring together faculty and staff members
from varied disciplines to create an international, state-of-the-art center
for studying river ecosystems and rivers responses to natural events
and human activities. Currently, no single organization studies the comprehensive
long-term impacts of river issues such as floods, droughts, navigation and
V. C. Patel, director of IIHR and a professor of mechanical
engineering, credits private giving in enabling the UI College of Engineering
to build such a center. "MRERS is a novel enterprise, one that extends
IIHR's educational and research programs beyond the campus," said Patel.
"Private gifts like Mrs. Carters give timely impetus and encouragement
to our efforts to build on our strengths. Without private support, the process
of building a unique program of this magnitude would take much longer."
Carter decided to fund the building of a classroom
at the MRERS, she said, because the centrality of teaching to the facilitys
mission reflected her late husbands interests. "Archie liked to
be in the middle of things," she said.
Archie N. Carter, a native of Fremont, Iowa, received
a B.S. degree in engineering from the UI in 1935 and was an active civil engineer
and supporter of the UI until his death in 1994 at age 83. Carter has since
established an engineering scholarship in his name at the UI and made a gift
to support construction of the new Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts
and Sciences on the UI campus.
The MRERS received a major funding boost in December
1999, thanks to a leadership gift by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of
Muscatine. The Carver gift and the Carter gift are part of the universitys
planned comprehensive campaign to advance the UIs strategic goals for
the years 2000-2005. The campaign, which is in its early stages and for which
no final dollar goal has been established, will be conducted under the guidance
of the UI Foundation and will raise funds to
substantially increase the number of UI merit- and need-based
scholarships, as well as the number of endowed faculty chairs and professorships;
support eight new educational and research facilities; fund outreach and service
programs to benefit individuals, families, and communities throughout the
state of Iowa; build the UIs endowment; and launch new initiatives in
the arts, sciences, business, engineering, health care, and other fields.
The UI Foundation is the preferred channel for private
contributions to all areas of the university. Foundation staff work with alumni
and friends to generate funds for scholarships, professorships, facilities
improvements, equipment purchases, research and other UI initiatives.