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Shepherd alumnus endows chemistry chair

ISSUED: 10 January 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd alumnus endows chemistry chair)

Shepherdstown, WV--The Shepherd University Foundation has announced the creation of the John T. Reynolds Endowed Chair for Chemistry funded by John T. Reynolds, of Martinsburg. Funds from this faculty excellence award will be used to recruit, recognize, and retain outstanding chemistry faculty. Areas in which awards may provide support include relocation and housing allowances, salary enhancements, research, and academic travel.

Reynolds, a 1964 Shepherd graduate, looks back fondly on his time as a chemistry student. Widowed in 1992, Reynolds lost his only child in an automobile accident six years later. At that time, he said, "The wheels started turning and I decided I wanted to leave my estate to Shepherd. I enjoyed my time there as a chemistry major and feel it prepared me well for my career." That decision was recently formalized with the creation of the John T. Reynolds Endowed Chair for Chemistry, a deferred gift made through his estate plans. With the gift, Reynolds also joined the Joseph P. McMurran Society, a distinguished group of more than 100 members who have let Shepherd know they wish to provide for the future of the university with a planned gift or bequest.

After earning a B.S. in chemistry at Shepherd, John left a brief high school teaching career to join the CIA, where he served with the offices of imagery analysis, information technology, and security as an intelligence officer. He was then assigned to the White House, where he performed risk analysis on White House computer systems until his retirement. He is currently active in Tuscarora Presbyterian Church and serves on the board of directors for the Shepherd University Foundation. Reynolds also established the Thomas Guy Reynolds Endowed Scholarship in 1999 to honor his father, a 1933 graduate of Shepherd.

For more information about this scholarship or to establish a scholarship, program, or faculty excellence award through the Shepherd University Foundation, please contact Monica Lingenfelter, Shepherd University Foundation, P.O. Box 5000, Shepherdstown, WV, 25443-5000, 304-876-5397, or visit


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