AUBURN – Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences recently announced the establishment of the Dwain G. Luce Endowed Professorship in Forestry. The endowment is valued at more than $380,000, after contributions from 125 donors, including Luce, his family and friends.
In addition to his funding of the professorship, Luce’s ongoing support of AU’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences includes gifting an endowed undergraduate scholarship, donating funds to support the student services suite in the school’s new building and serving as a member of both the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Advisory Council and the school’s development team.
Luce graduated from Auburn in 1938 with a degree in chemical engineering. He entered the U.S. Army in 1942 and served in the 82nd Airborne Division, the nation’s first airborne force, where he received the Bronze Star.
When Luce returned to civilian life, he became a bank loan officer specializing in forestland purchases. When he retired, Luce purchased timberland under the longstanding name of the family business, Luce Packing Company.
“Dwain Luce is the embodiment of a conservation-minded forest landowner,” said Richard Brinker, dean of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. “He remembers the past, but always looks to provide for generations to come. His investment in forestry education at Auburn University through the Dwain G. Luce Professorship is the consummate contribution from a true Auburn man.”
“Forestry, wildlife and the outdoors have always interested me” said Luce. “I even attribute some of my survival in World War II to my love of the outdoors. Foresters, despite some stereotypes, are true conservationists. Therefore, it is natural for me to support my alma mater, which I love, and the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, which prepares the leaders who will care for the forests and wildlife in the future.”
The “It Begins at Auburn” Campaign encompasses all colleges and schools as well as the AU libraries and museums, athletics and Auburn University Montgomery. Endowments for student scholarships, faculty, programs and unrestricted dollars make up 58 percent of the campaign’s goal. In addition to endowments, the campaign will focus on facilities and equipment, campus beautification, research and current operations.
(Contributed by Angie Stephens.)