Dale W. and Sonya L. Margerum Chemistry Scholarship Established


chemistry labCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 19, 2015 – The Dale W. and Sonya L. Margerum Chemistry Scholarship has been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

Dr. and Mrs. Dale W. Margerum of West Lafayette, Indiana, have made a generous gift to support Chemistry students attending Southeast Missouri State University. The Dr. Dale W. Margerum Analytical Chemistry Lab in the Magill Hall of Science will be named in recognition of their generous gift.

In part, the donors’ gift has established a new scholarship.  The recipient of this scholarship will be a student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University who is pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in chemistry, demonstrates financial need and maintains a 2.0 minimum grade point average. The Department of Chemistry Scholarship Committee will select the recipient.

Dr. Dale W. Margerum was born in Ferguson, Missouri, on Oct. 20, 1929. Together with his twin brother, Dr. J. David Margerum, he began his studies at Southeast Missouri State College in 1946. Dr. Dale Margerum graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education in chemistry in 1950 and went on to obtain his doctoral degree in chemistry from Iowa State University. He became a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at Purdue University in 1954, where he served as chair of the Chemistry Department from 1978 to 1983. He published 254 research papers and mentored nearly 100 doctoral students before retiring from Purdue as a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry in 2008. Dr. Dale Margerum and Dr. David Margerum both received the Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Merit Award in 1991.

In 1952, Dr. Dale Margerum met his wife, Sonya, while he was pursuing his doctoral degree in chemistry. Sonya was employed as a chemist with the Ames Lab. They were married in 1953 and have three children and five grandchildren. Sonya Margerum served as mayor of West Lafayette, Indiana, for 24 years from 1980 to 2004 during Dr. Dale Margerum’s tenure at Purdue University.