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Release: Sept. 17, 2001
Regents approve naming Carver research facility near Muscatine
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The facility that many expect to become the world's most
comprehensive river research station will be named for one of Iowa's most
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, last week approved the naming of the
Lucille A. Carver River Research and Education Facility, located near Muscatine,
The structure is being made possible in large part by a $1.2 million gift
to the University of Iowa Foundation from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust
of Muscatine. Lucille Carver is a member of the Carver Trust Board of Trustees
and the widow of the late Roy J. Carver Sr., the trust's founder.
The facility will house the Mississippi River Environmental Research Station
(MRERS), operated by the UI College of Engineering's IIHR-Hydroscience &
Engineering unit, making it the only university-affiliated, comprehensive
river research station in the world.
"For many years, my mother owned a houseboat on the Mississippi,"
said Roy J. Carver Jr., also a member of the Carver Trust board. "She
has fond memories of time spent exploring this area of the river, and we thought
it fitting that this facility, which is designed, in part, to emphasize the
relationship between the river and the local community, should be named in
Lucille Carver attended the UI and in 1972 received the Distinguished Service
Award from the UI Alumni Association. A former director of the Carver Pump
Company, she currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Bandag
Inc. of Muscatine and also served on the UI Foundation board from 1981 to
Overall, the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust has contributed more than $28
million to University of Iowa projects.
In related action, the Regents approved increasing the budget for the facility
from $1.2 million to just over $1.3 million to cover the unforeseen costs
of removing buried debris, including refrigerators and other discarded items
from the construction site at the facility.