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

News Release: Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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, 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.”

Posted by: Marvin Kropko, August 25, 2010 12:27 PM | News Topics: Official Release