Prior to the summer of 1982, J.B.N. Morris and family (hs ’48, ’52) established an endowment with the University to honor the name of Brother Lucian Blersch, CSC, a longtime professor of engineering, who died in 1986. Proceeds from the endowment support a faculty chair in the name of Brother Lucian.
The Lucian Professor, among other tasks, has been the lead faculty member in organizing the Lucian Symposium each year, a roster of renowned experts in a particular subfield of interest to the Lucian Professor.
There have been 4 Lucian Professors appointed since the endowment was established:
Brother Daniel Lynch, CSC (biology): 1982 – 1997
Dr. Jean McKemie (mathematics): 2000 – 2005
Dr. Allan Hook (biology): 2005 – 2009
Dr. Eamonn Healy (chemistry): 2010 – 2016