Geneva, NY-The family of Dr. Philip J. Moorad, a member of the Hobart Class of 1928, recently donated $1,000,000 to establish the Philip J. Moorad '28 and Margaret N. Moorad Professorship in the Sciences—the first chair in the sciences in the history of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Born in Persia, Dr. Philip J. Moorad moved to the United States when he was 16. Four years later, in the fall of 1924, he matriculated at Hobart College, where he played lacrosse, ran cross-country, and was an officer of his sophomore class. He was a member of the Science Club, did honors work, was elected to Epsilon Pi Sigma, the scientific honor society, and to Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, achieved in three years.
Dr. Moorad continued his education at the University of Rochester, where he received his medical degree before returning to New Britain, Conn., to practice medicine. He was not only active in his profession, but was a community leader, until his death in 1998.
Throughout his life, Dr. Moorad never forgot his days at Hobart College, and there are constant references of his gratitude in his notes to the Colleges over the years. For this reason, Dr. Moorad's wife, Margaret, and his sons, Philip and Bruce, established the permanent memorial at the Colleges.
The first recipient of the Philip J. Moorad '28 and Margaret N. Moorad Professorship in the Sciences was Professor of Chemistry David Craig. Through his own ability to reassess scholarship and scholarly techniques, Craig is a constant reminder to students and faculty of the possibilities that exist when one “pushes the envelope” and seeks other ways of understanding. He has long brought distinction to the sciences at Hobart and William Smith, helping secure numerous equipment grants and developing collaborative relationships with other institutions. Craig has a B.A. degree from California State University, Chico, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Riverside.
Through this gift, the Moorads hope that, in their names, many generations of students from many different backgrounds will have the opportunity to gain, as did Dr. Moorad, the knowledge and capacity for lives of service and achievement.
Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women-private, liberal arts institutions with a combined enrollment of 1,800-are noted for both their ambitious emphasis on international study and their integrated curricular and co-curricular programs in community service. They are among the top 10 colleges in the nation in participation in off-campus programs. Hobart and William Smith are located in Geneva, at the northern tip of Seneca Lake in the heart of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.