A Sense of Immortality - Great trust from the Faiths

Virginia and Larry Faith
For the best among us — those who spend most of their lives making a difference through their careers and in their communities — the desire to have a lasting impact often grows even greater as the years pass.

Clearly this is true for Virginia “Ginny” (BS Liberal Arts ’60) and Larry Faith (BSChE ’59). After years of hard, fruitful work in their careers and unselfish service, the Faiths now have the means to make a difference that will outlive them and, in a sense, keep them alive long after they’re gone.

Larry and Ginny (née Chandler), who met and married while attending Purdue, recently chose to arrange a planned gift that will endow the Larry E. and Virginia C. Faith Distinguished Professorship of Chemical Engineering. Their generosity will support the hiring and retention of high-achieving professors who exemplify the research and teaching excellence that the Faiths are eager to champion.

During a visit to campus in 2009, the Faiths were struck by Purdue’s growth and progress.

“I found that in chemical engineering the school is offering much more comprehensive teaching and research,” Larry says. “Purdue Chemical Engineering is among the very best in the country. It offers choices for students to explore different areas within chemical engineering. There is process engineering, but there also is biomedical or biochemical. Nanotechnology is another example.”

What they saw encouraged them to support faculty recruitment and retention through the professorship.

“This can provide more support for the University to attract the best faculty members,” Larry says. “We decided that it would be a good idea to set up the distinguished professorship because we felt that Purdue was the best institution in which to make that investment.”

They carefully chose a planned gift because, Larry says, it suits their situation. “Mainly, we felt that we wanted to keep our funds on hand in case something happens. We decided to contribute to the fund gradually.”

Larry retired from Shell Oil Co., and Ginny retired from Child Protective Services for the state of Texas. They live in The Woodlands, Texas, where Ginny enjoys gardening and water aerobics and Larry enjoys bowling and running their neighborhood association. They share a love of Tai Chi and traveling.

Despite their busy lives, they have taken time to consider how to make a lasting impact on Purdue.

“Purdue was really the building block that made our success possible,” Larry says. “We really felt the need to try to pay back what we received.”