Oct. 20, 1997
Story by Dann Hayes, (785) 864-8855
LECTURE HALL DEDICATED TO KU CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR
LAWRENCE -- A state-of-the-art lecture hall in newly rebuilt Budig Hall at the University of Kansas will be named after a longtime KU chemistry professor.
A plaque and brief testimonial will be placed next to the central lecture hall in Budig Hall to honor Clark Eugene Bricker, KU chemistry professor from 1963 until his retirement in 1983. Bricker died June 14, 1994.
"He was probably the most famous teacher of general chemistry at this institution," said Ralph Adams, professor emeritus of chemistry. "He was a tough apple with his students, never giving an inch on the sciences he was teaching. But his students loved him. Bricker was an exceptional instructor, and his students knew it."
While earning his doctorate at Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., Bricker worked for two years with the Manhattan Project, which produced the first atomic bombs, before he received his Ph.D. in 1944. He earned an undergraduate degree in 1939 from Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pa., and a master of science degree in 1940 from Haverford College, Haverford, Pa.
In 1946 he was appointed an assistant professor of chemistry at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. Bricker returned to Princeton in 1948 as an assistant professor of chemistry, was named an associate professor in 1951 and became a full professor in 1960. In 1961 he was named dean of the college and professor of chemistry at the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio.
Bricker was named professor of chemistry and director of freshman chemistry at KU in June 1963. He received the HOPE Award -- Honor to the Outstanding Progressive Educator -- from the senior class four times, in 1966, 1969, 1979 and 1983.
Other awards and honors bestowed on Bricker include the Standard Oil Foundation Award for excellence in teaching in 1967, the College Chemistry Teachers Award in 1968 and the 1975 Visiting Scientist Teaching Award from the Western Connecticut Section of the American Chemical Society.
In 1980, Bricker became the first recipient of the Ray Nichols Outstanding Teaching Award, given by the Alpha Xi Chapter of Sigma Chi, and was honored by his alma mater, Gettysburg College, as its first Musselman science lecturer. In 1982 he received the first KU Endowment Association teaching professorship.