The University of Kansas has announced a $2 million gift from an alumnus to establish a professorship and two scholarships.
Awarded as part of the university's most recent capital campaign, Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas, the gift from Gene Feaster includes $1 million to establish the Ida Johnson Feaster Professorship in the KU School of Nursing, which is named for his late wife. The remaining half of the gift will create two $500,000 endowed scholarship funds — one in nursing and the other in the university's Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Feaster started his career in radiation physics, where he worked at the Radio Corporation of America, Westinghouse, and Corning Glass. He embarked on the next stage of his career by studying medical physics at the University of Virginia. In 1977, he began teaching radiation therapy at KU Medical Center to students in nursing and radiology, which he continued to do until his retirement in 1992. Feaster holds ten U.S. patents and was twice named "Inventor of the Year" at Westinghouse. During his tenure at KUMC, he invented Superflab, a medical device used in radiology to better target tumors with radiation while protecting other parts of a patient's body.
"Gene Feaster is leaving a legacy that will benefit students for years to come," said Danny Anderson, dean of KU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. "This gift ensures we can recruit and support future generations of talented physics majors, while his story of dedication to the pursuit of education serves as an example to us all. I am grateful for his generosity."