Paying It Forward: Alums Honor Professor Chet Raymo with Scholarship In His Name

April 11, 2014


Alumni surprised Professor Emeritus Chet Raymo on Thursday, April 10th by announcing a scholarship in his name. At an event in Donahue Hall, Trustee Patrick Burke ’84 and Thomas Fergus ’84 hailed Raymo for pioneering the 3+2 Engineering Program with the University of Notre Dame.

Burke and Fergus also noted with appreciation the rigorous academic preparation that 3+2 students like them received from Raymo who is marking 50 years at the College. In gratitude, with other 3+2 alumni, Burke and Fergus created the Chet Raymo Engineering Scholarship to benefit a new generation of 3+2 Stonehill students. 

"Chet held the bar high for all of us and I know our success in engineering and business can be traced backed to the fundamental life lessons he taught," said Fergus in his remarks. 

Raymo began teaching Physics at Stonehill in 1964. He served as an educator and an influential member of the academic community for 37 years before retiring from full time teaching in 2001.

During his career as a Stonehill professor, Raymo’s teaching earned him the honors of the College’s Moreau Medallion and the Louise Hegarty Award for Excellence in Teaching. 

For almost two decades, Raymo wrote “Science Musings,” a highly acclaimed weekly column for the Boston Globe. In 1998, Raymo won the Lannin Literary Award in non-fiction for his body of works concerning science. Additionally, Stonehill honored his triumph by naming a college literary series after him.

The College recently expanded its 3+2 Engineering Program with the University of Notre Dame as over 50 students are currently enrolled in the program. Students attend Stonehill for three years to earn a science degree in chemistry, computer science, environmental science or physics and then transfer to The University of Notre Dame to earn a corresponding bachelor's degree in engineering. To learn more about the program, visit here