Alumnus Gift Establishes Endowed Faculty Chair Position

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Ohio Dominican University (ODU) received a generous gift from The Galvin Family Foundation in honor of alumnus William (Bill) J. Galvin II ’79. The gift will establish an endowed faculty chair position, The Sr. Ruth Caspar, O.P. Chair in Philosophy.

“This gift provides a tremendous opportunity to enhance the core of our mission and curriculum in a tangible way. It preserves the enduring connection between faculty and students; a hallmark of the Dominican approach to teaching and learning,” said ODU President Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D. With this gift, a new faculty position will be created in ODU’s Philosophy Department within the Division of Arts and Letters.

Alumnus William (Bill) J. Galvin II ’79 was a student of Sr. Ruth Caspar, O.P., Ph.D., ODU Class of ’56, for whom the endowed chair is named. Sr. Ruth was an award-winning professor in the University’s Division of Philosophy and Theology for more than 30 years. She retired in 2003 and was named Professor Emeritus. Sr. Ruth also received an honorary degree, Doctor of Humanities Honoris Causa, at ODU’s Spring 2003 commencement.

In addition to being Galvin’s professor and academic advisor, Sr. Ruth was his friend. “Bill had an insatiable interest in philosophy and a great appreciation for the horizons it opened for him,” recalls Sr. Ruth Caspar. “He loved to discuss the life of the mind and explore philosophical ideas not only in the classroom but also in our continuing conversations over three decades, right up to his untimely death in 2009. He loved to play with ideas and never ended his exploration of the great philosophical questions.”