Committed to Shaping Young Minds
One evening, Dr. Herbert "Bert" DuPont and Margaret "Peggy" Wright-DuPont met as they were walking out of Slocum Hall. The Ohio Wesleyan students dated throughout their time in college, and 51 years later, the two are still together-and still extolling the virtues of their alma mater.
The love that had taken root during Bert and Peggy college years was just the beginning of a life long OWU affair.
The two graduated from OWU in 1961, Bert with his bachelor's in chemistry and Peggy a degree in psychology and education. Bert would go on to Emory University School of Medicine to receive a medical degree. Peggy obtained her master's degree from The Ohio State University, and went on to do research in psychology.
An impressive medical research career led Bert to his current position of chief of internal medicine at St Luke's Episcopal Hospital, director of the Center for Infectious Diseases at the University of Texas School of Public Health and vice chairman of the Baylor College of Medicine Department of Medicine. Bert has conducted research on tropical medicine and infectious diseases on four continents, providing valuable data for students and colleagues.
Bert's groundbreaking research on the pathogenic mechanisms of intestinal disease in humans caused by strains of E. coli garnered him an honorary doctorate from the University of Zurich in 2004.
Supporting the Next Generation
Current OWU students have benefited by sharing experiences with the DuPonts over the years. Bert and Peggy have assisted students with international research in Mexico on the causes, treatment and diagnosis of diarrhea in international travelers. With Peggy by his side, Bert has also organized teaching and training summer internships for a number of Ohio Wesleyan students.
"Specific research depends on areas of travel medicine and health issues," Bert says. "I learned that I can have a profound effect on the careers of young people, and I want to help them, just as my mentors helped me."
Bert and Peggy's decision to join the Tower Society, a group of generous OWU supporters who have made the decision to include the University in their estate plans, is how the two are investing their legacy in the future careers of OWU students.
Planned giving is a way to give back to the important causes in your life.
"We wanted to endow a chair in biological sciences," Bert says.
With the help of OWU planned giving officers, the couple did just that.
The Herbert L. and Margaret Wright DuPont Endowed Professorship will be awarded to a mid-level OWU faculty member and will eventually grow into an endowed chair for a senior member of the faculty.
"The challenge today is to shape minds of the young with the greatest impact that will affect the most people," Bert says.
It's a challenge the DuPonts understand, relish and put out there for other OWU alumni.
Investing in the Future
"It's important to realize that we can't take everything with us [when we are gone]," Peggy, whose family history with Ohio Wesleyan spans more than four generations, says. "Bert has helped me to also realize that it is important for us to do what we can while we are alive."
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Q. What percentage of incoming freshman was in the top 25 percent of their high school class? (of students whose high schools report a ranking).
The answer to the last trivia question...
The ringing of the historic hand bell first rung to call Ohio Wesleyan classes to order in 1842, followed by the singing of the Alma Mater.
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