An Enduring Link: Son and Mother Endow a New Professorship at Case School of Engineering

Carl F. Asseff, MD, and his mother, Elsie.

Ophthalmologist Carl F. Asseff, MD, and his mother, Elsie D. Asseff, have endowed the Peter A. Asseff, PhD, Professorship in Organic Chemistry at the Case School of Engineering of Case Western Reserve University.

The professorship memorializes Carl Asseff’s late father, Peter, a 1935 graduate of the Case Institute of Technology, who also earned two graduate degrees from the school.  It forms a circle of generosity that started in 1997 when Peter honored his son with the Carl F. Asseff, MD, Professorship in Ophthalmology at the university’s School of Medicine.

“I can’t think of a better way to honor dad’s legacy and benefit the future of mankind,” Asseff said. “As long as Case Western Reserve is in existence there will be a professor continuing to impact society in my father’s name.”

The Asseff family completed the endowment with funds from the Kent H. Smith Charitable Trust that honor Peter Asseff’s 50-year career at Lubrizol, which was co-founded by Smith in 1928.

“This professorship highlights organic chemistry as one of the foundational sciences behind many engineering disciplines. We are grateful for the Asseff family’s desire to celebrate their family legacy through this generous commitment,” said Norman C. Tien, dean and Nord Professor at the Case School of Engineering.

In addition to the endowed professorships, the family has contributed to Case Western Reserve scholarships and to the university’s Kelvin Smith Library.

“One of the things dad taught me is that if your goals are noble and you have the drive, anything is possible,” Carl Asseff said. “You don’t turn away because it’s tough. That’s a cop-out.”


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Applications are being accepted for a three-credit fall travel course to Bangladesh. The course has been approved for global and cultural diversity.  This elective course is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, and financial aid is available. Two pre-trip meetings are held in November and December with travel dates to Bangladesh Dec. 26-Jan. 9. Travel courses scheduled for spring break include programs to Guatemala, Turkey, sub-Saharan Africa, Netherlands and Ecuador (May). Go online for more information or contact Deborah Jacobson for details.


The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities will present A Workshop on American Council of Learned Societies Grant Opportunities from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Clark Hall 206. Nicole A. Stahlmann, director of fellowship programs of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), will provide an overview of ACLS fellowship and grant opportunities, discuss the ACLS review process, and talk about the characteristics of successful ACLS proposals. Lunch will be provided. Registration is recommended. Go online for more information and to register.

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Several School of Medicine students will participate in the Pennsylvania edition of MedWAR, the Medical Wilderness Adventure Race, on Aug. 28. Four teams of three students will tackle a 10-15 mile wilderness course which may include running, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, kayaking and ropes course elements while tackling medically related challenges and scenarios. The teams are being organized by the Wilderness Medicine Interest Group and coached by University Hospitals Case Medical Center emergency department physicians.

Aug. 25, 2010

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