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Shepherd University Foundation establishes scholarship in memory of Richard Stephan

ISSUED: 2 May 2006
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd University Foundation establishes scholarship in memory of Richard Stephan)

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Pictured from (l. to r.) are Dr. David L. Dunlop, president of Shepherd University, Catherine Irwin, and Dr. Jason Best, associate professor of astrophysics at Shepherd University.

Shepherdstown, WV--The Shepherd University Foundation has established the Richard Stephan Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund to support programs and scholarships related to the Shepherd University Observatory.

The fund was started by Catherine Irwin of Shepherdstown and family in memory of her husband who died in February 2005. Dr. Jason Best, associate professor of astrophysics at Shepherd, will help determine the use of the funds.

Stephan was an avid amateur astronomer and took several courses at the Morgan County Observatory in Berkeley Springs. Irwin has donated one of his telescopes to the astronomy program at Shepherd.

A Milwaukee, Wisconsin, native, Stephan graduated from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and received his master of divinity degree from Princeton Seminar in Princeton, New Jersey. He also received a master's degree in Psychology from Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Stephan, an ordained Presbyterian minister, was involved in various social programs in the area including alcohol and drug treatment, housing accessibility, and the Peace Corps. He was a board member of the Rising Phoenix Spiritual Center in Flintstone, Maryland, and was a member of the Shepherdstown Garden Exchange Club. Stephan and his wife were active supporters of the Contemporary American Theater Festival.

The observatory is located on the roof of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies building. For more information about this scholarship or about creating a scholarship fund, contact the Shepherd University Foundation at 304/876-5391.


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