Tribute to a Friend, Gift to Loyola

By Carl Luty  |  Photograph by Marshall Clarke
John Kane

When John Kane, ’59, won Loyola’s most prestigious award for physics majors in his senior year, he did not revel in the honor. Instead, he immediately sought out his friend, his classmate, his sometimes mentor—Ted Madey. “This should have been yours,” Kane told him, “or at the very least, we should have shared it.”

Kane is now rectifying that injustice. When Madey passed away in 2009, Kane thought long and hard about how to pay tribute to his old friend. It was then that he decided to establish, in Madey’s honor, two Hauber fellowships that will support the natural sciences research of two undergraduate students for each of the next five summers.

Kane promises that more donations will follow. “This is my down payment on promoting Loyola’s natural sciences programs,” he said. “The Hauber program is exactly what Loyola needs to attract top-caliber science students. It’s a powerful recruiting tool. I want to help attract these students immediately, but my long-range goal is expressed through my bequest, an endowment that will provide, in perpetuity, merit-based scholarships and research support for physics majors.”

In addition, Kane can only hope that his bequest will help other students replicate his professional trajectory. Arriving at Loyola from Loyola Blakefield High School, he went on to earn his M.S. and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. Then, in 1964, he began an illustrious career, as teacher and researcher, in the physics department at the College of William and Mary, where he now holds the title of physics professor emeritus.

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