Paul and Carol Schaap
Science Center Named
in Honor of
Hope College graduate who appreciated his own undergraduate experience
has given a $7 million leadership gift in support of the college's
science center project as a way of saying thank you and helping
new generations of students.
In recognition of the gift, given by Dr. A. Paul Schaap and his
wife Carol of Grosse Pointe Park, the college is naming the building
the "A. Paul Schaap Science Center." Both the gift and
the naming were announced on Friday, May 5, in conjunction with
the spring meeting of the college's Board of Trustees.
"This is a generous and transforming gift for this exceptional
facility and for enhancing Hope's national reputation in collaborative
undergraduate research," said Hope College President Dr. James
Bultman. "With this gift, Paul and Carol are giving the largest
gift to the science center project, one of the largest gifts Hope
has ever received, and in the process are providing the last remaining
piece of the very successful Legacies: A Vision of Hope capital
Paul and Carol Schaap
Dr. A. Paul Schaap, who is a 1967 Hope graduate, is president
of Lumigen Inc., which he founded, and is also retired from the
chemistry faculty of Wayne State University. He noted that he has
supported the building in appreciation of the quality of his education
and those who helped make it possible.
"I appreciate how important my education and research experience
in chemistry at Hope have been to my career, first in academics
and now in business, and I see this gift as a chance, with my wife
Carol, to give back to Hope and help provide similar opportunities
for students for years to come," he said. "The science
center is a wonderful facility that offers a stimulating environment
for students in the sciences. I'm proud to be associated with the
science center in this way."
He noted that he is also honoring the memory of his father, the
late Rev. Arnold O. Schaap, a Presbyterian minister who worked
selflessly so that he could attend Hope and even, during his senior
year, spend a semester abroad conducting research in the Netherlands
at the University of Groningen.
"My dad was not a scientist, but he certainly understood
and appreciated my passion for chemistry," Schaap said. "It's
fair to say as a Presbyterian minister of a small church in Granger,
Indiana, he had very limited financial resources, but nevertheless
he somehow found the means to help me go to Hope and later to spend
that semester doing research in the Netherlands."
Arnold Schaap was himself a Hope graduate, a member of the Class
of 1943. He died on Feb. 3, 2005, at age 83.
The Schaaps' gift includes naming the building's three-story atrium
in celebration of pioneering Hope chemistry professors Dr. J. Harvey
Kleinheksel and Dr. Gerrit Van Zyl, who taught at Hope from the
1920s through the 1960s.
The science center houses the departments of biology, chemistry,
the geological and environmental sciences, nursing and psychology,
and is located on 12th Street between Central and College avenues.
The science center project, part of the college's "Legacies:
A Vision of Hope" comprehensive campaign, included construction
of a new, 85,900-square-foot building and the renovation of the
existing, 72,800-square-foot Peale wing, which had opened in 1973,
and was completed for a total cost of $36 million.
Construction began in March of 2002. The new building opened for
the beginning of the 2003-04 school year, and the renovated Peale
wing re-opened in August of 2004.
Hope dedicated the building on Friday, Oct. 8, 2004. Schaap was
one of several alumni who delivered addresses as invited speakers
during presentations scheduled throughout the day.
Schaap majored in chemistry at Hope, where he was involved in
collaborative student-faculty research from his sophomore through
senior years. He went on to receive his doctorate in organic chemistry
from Harvard University in 1970, joining the Wayne State faculty
that same year.
Schaap's research at Wayne State focused on the study of dioxetanes,
high-energy chemical compounds which can be triggered to generate
chemiluminescence, or light. He directed the study of nine master's
in chemistry students and 18 Ph.D. students, and published more
than 100 papers in refereed research journals.
While continuing his teaching and research efforts at Wayne State,
he formed Lumigen Inc. in 1987 to commercialize the dioxetanes
which had been developed in his research laboratory. The dioxetanes
are now distributed worldwide by major corporations because of
their sensitivity, versatility and stability as chemiluminescent
detection reagents in life science research and medical diagnostics.
Schaap retired from Wayne State in 2000 to become full-time president
of Lumigen. The Southfield company now has 43 employees including
10 Ph.D. scientists.
He remains involved with Wayne State as a member of the Board
of Visitors of the College of Science and of the Steering Committee
of the Mott Center. He is a member of the Board of Directors of
the Detroit Merit Academy, and is a member of St. Ambrose Church
in Grosse Pointe Park.
In recognition of his career accomplishments, the college's alumni
association earlier in the year had chosen to present him with
a Distinguished Alumni Award in conjunction with the college's
annual spring Alumni Weekend. Schaap will receive the award during
the association's Alumni Banquet on Saturday, May 6.
(This article, written by Greg Olgers '87, was
first published in the June 2006 issue of news from Hope
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