College of Arts and Sciences

Frank Rodeffer

Frank Rodeffer entered WIU in the fall of 1957 as a Physics major in the School of Education. His initial plan was to eventually teach high school Physics and Science. He belonged to and participated in the Physics Club. While taking the requisite courses for his degree, his specific science interests became more narrowly defined to the radio and electronics aspects of Physics. Frank graduated in 1961 with a BS degree in Education/Physics. He had an illustrious career in the United States Air Force working with the Strategic Air Command (SAC) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). After retiring from the USAF, he worked in the private sector with Northrup Grumman.

Frank has been a generous supporter of WIU and, specifically, with the Physics Department. He shared these thoughts on why he supports the Physics Department:

"In talking to various Physics students over the past few years, I have found all of them to be intelligent, bright and enthusiastic about their academic work. I firmly believe we need to provide them with adequate, if not the best, laboratory equipment and devices to further encourage them.

The Physics Department is staffed with superb professors who also have the highest enthusiasm for their work. In talking with them, I believe they work very hard to see that their students achieve a thorough understanding of the subject matter. I am particularly impressed by the amount and quality of "hand on" experiences they provide the students. Hence, we need to do the best we can to ensure adequate and modern laboratory equipment is available to provide the best environment we can.

Their leader, Dr. Boley, shares the enthusiasm and, I believe, is well connected with his staff and, most importantly, with his students. I sometimes believe he fits the military axiom: "there they go and I must hurry and catch them for I am their leader".

I feel very strongly that I owe some "give back" to WIU for providing me with the academic learning and leadership opportunities I had during my relative short 5 years with WIU. As I have often said, my life and career choices were especially influenced and made possible by these opportunities."