Archive for Friday, May 22, 1998


May 22, 1998


A former law dean at Kansas University will join the faculty at the University of Missouri in Columbia this fall as the first Gibson distinguished professor.

Robert Jerry, professor of law at University of Memphis, was on the KU faculty from 1981 to 1994. He was dean for five years before moving to Memphis.

The MU professorship was established with a $500,000 donation from Judge Floyd Gibson, a 1933 graduate of MU's law school and a senior judge for the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The state of Missouri matched Gibson's gift.

Engineer finances


Erwin David left home in the Netherlands in 1949 for Kansas City, Mo., where his mother had attended grade school nearly 40 years earlier.

He brought with him two years of engineering education and an interest in electronics. He migrated to Lawrence, where he repaired televisions, and enrolled part-time at Kansas University.

David struggled to make ends meet until a $300 Battenfeld Foreign Student Scholarship enabled him to enroll full time.

"Now, retired after a varied, rewarding and lucrative career, it is my turn to put something back into the system that served me so well," he said.

David, who graduated from KU in 1952 and now lives east of London with his wife, Esther, established a $100,000 scholarship fund which provides scholarships to engineering students who are not U.S. citizens.

"I hope KU receives this student as well as I was received 45 years ago."

The Martha Simons David Scholarship Fund honors David's mother, who died in the Holocaust in 1944. He also lost his sister. He and his father survived.

Students design

street lamps

Illumination engineering students at Kansas University tackled a unique senior project this semester -- street furniture.

They wanted to create something useful, environmentally friendly and pleasant to the eye. The result: a design for street lamps powered by wind.

The design created by four seniors in architectural engineering will be entered in the Hollow Structural Sections Design and Engineering Challenge sponsored by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

Participating students: Scott Jensen, Cape Girardeau, Mo., Dean Chandler, Rogersville, Mo., Mark Wilkerson, Sedalia, Mo., and Damon Grimes, Ballwin, Mo.

Architecture school

honors alumnus

The president of a Missouri architectural firm is the 1998 distinguished alumnus from the School of Architecture and Urban Design at Kansas University.

Frank Zilm, 51, of Kansas City, Mo., heads Frank Zilm & Associates, which has completed more than 140 health care planning projects.

He graduated in 1971 with degrees in architecture and sociology. He earned a doctorate of architecture from University of Michigan in 1975 before becoming director of facilities planning at KU Medical Center.

Zilm established an architectural practice in 1978. In 1986, he became an associate professor of architecture at KU. He set up a graduate-level architectural management program that was the first of its type in the nation.

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