A Legacy that Lasts
Haller Foundation, Walther Foundation donate $1.5 million for endowed professorship
When the Haller Foundation’s Kevin Boyce (LA’93) and his mother, Linda Boyce Haller, learned that their gift could fund an endowed professorship to support cancer research at Purdue, they knew it was the perfect way to create a “lasting impact for a wonderful cause.”
“When I think about all of the Purdue students who will learn from the men and women who hold this professorship,” Boyce says, “the fruitfulness is what makes it all worth it.”
The Henry E. Haller Jr. Foundation is dedicated to funding scientific and technological research through universities and medical facilities. Kevin Boyce is a Haller Foundation trustee, and his mother, Linda Boyce Haller, is the foundation’s co-founder and president.
Their $750,000 gift to Purdue University funds an endowment that was matched by the Walther Cancer Foundation for a total of $1.5 million. The endowment will be known as the Boyce Haller Professorship.
The Boyce Haller Professorship will support an endowed tenured faculty position within Purdue’s College of Science and will be open to candidates whose scientific work advances an area of strategic interest—theoretical, computational, or experimental—for both the Purdue Center for Cancer Research and the college.
“Research today requires the development of new computational approaches and analyses that will reveal new and important cancer-causing pathways,” says Dr. Timothy Ratliff, distinguished professor of comparative pathobiology and Robert Wallace Miller Director of the Purdue Center for Cancer Research.
“The Boyce Haller Professorship provides the resources we need to recruit a strong, scientific leader whose work will lead to a better understanding of cancer and, with time, new treatments.”
The Haller Foundation recently gave $400,000 to fund an endowment to support primarily low-income, underrepresented, high-merit, high-need graduates of Purdue Polytechnic High School who want to attend Purdue University.
“When we saw how the University handled that donation, we knew we wanted to find another way to work with Purdue again,” Boyce says. “The Haller Foundation really prioritizes developing relationships—especially with institutions we know will be around for a long time.”
In 2020, the Walther Cancer Foundation invested $4.25 million worth of matching funds to be used by the Purdue Center for Cancer Research to support computational genomics and bioinformatics core.
“We are grateful that both the Haller Foundation and the Walther Foundation recognize and support our efforts to make leading discoveries in the biology of cancer,” says Patrick J. Wolfe, Miller Family Professor of Statistics and Computer Science and the Frederick L. Hovde Dean of Science. “This endowed professorship is an important part of our ongoing strategic partnership with the Purdue Center for Cancer Research and will aid us significantly in recruiting and retaining preeminent scientists to our team.”
Matching funds through the Walther Cancer Foundation are still available. For more information, contact Jerry Alberts, chief development officer for the Purdue Center for Cancer Research, at 765-494-6230.