Alum endows $1 million chair in earth sciences

Excerpt from the Peoria Journal Star:

Knox College’s expanding environmental studies program recently received a new $1-million endowed faculty chair from Douglas L. and Maria Bayer of Bellevue, Wash.

Douglas Bayer is a 1966 Knox graduate who recently retired from Microsoft Corp.

The Douglas and Maria Bayer Faculty Chair in Earth Sciences will begin supporting the new position next fall.

“Doug credits his experiences at Knox, especially physics professors Wayne Green and Herb Priestley, with teaching him how to think, not what to think,” said Robert King, director of major and planned giving at Knox. Green is a professor emeritus of physics who taught from 1954 to 1989. Priestley, who died in 2006, taught from 1952 to 1982.

A native of Chicago and graduate of Stephen T. Mather High School, Doug Bayer received a bachelor’s degree in physics at Knox in 1966 and earned both his master’s degree and doctorate in nuclear physics at Michigan State University.