Honoring the Fair Legacy

Photo of Dr. Jim Fair

Friends, colleagues and former students of Jim Fair are joining together to create the James R. and Merle Fair Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Chemical Engineering. The endowment will honor Fair, who gave so much of himself to the lives of his students and colleagues, and will support in perpetuity the pursuit of graduate education in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Cockrell School of Engineering.

The endowment, which has a goal of $750,000, will be seeded with a generous bequest made by Jim and Merle Fair in 2001. All new pledges in support of the Fair Fellowship may be paid over five years.

Funds distributed annually from the James R. and Merle Fair Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Chemical Engineering will aid in the recruitment and educational support of outstanding chemical engineering graduate students. If fully funded, the Fair Fellowship will become the department's premier graduate fellowship and significantly boost the university's competitive advantage in chemical engineering. Each graduate student who holds this endowed fellowship will be recognized as the James R. and Merle Fair Graduate Fellow.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to honor Jim Fair, and the Department of Chemical Engineering looks to the former students, friends and colleagues of Dr. Fair to support this great initiative. Dr. Fair's impact on the university and the chemical engineering department has been profound, and his research in the field of distillation and processing have forever changed the chemical industry.

Help us honor the legacy of Fair, an accomplished man who we all miss dearly. Make your gift online today.

For more information, or to ask questions, contact Michael Barasch at 512-471-0469.

James R. and Merle Fair Endowed Graduate Fellowship Executive Committee:

Jose L. Bravo, M.S. ChE 1981 Joan M. Schork, Ph.D. ChE 1986
R. Bruce Eldridge, Ph.D. ChE 1986 Hoshang Subwalla, Ph.D. ChE 1997
J. Antonio Garcia, Ph.D. ChE 1999 A. Frank Seibert, Ph.D. ChE 1986
Madhu Huggahalli, Ph.D. ChE 1998 Gerry G. McGlamery, Ph.D. ChE 1988

"Success at the Cockrell School can only be measured by the quality of the students and faculty it attracts, like Jim Fair, and perhaps more than anything at the university, graduate students are the determining drivers for both. Undoubtedly, they are one of our greatest investments."

—Gregory L. Fenves, President, UT Austin