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    Robert DeMaster receives UMAA’s Alumni Service Award

College of Science & Engineering alumnus Robert DeMaster (Chem Ph.D. ’70) has been awarded the University of Minnesota Alumni Association’s Alumni Service Award. The award is given to University of Minnesota alumni by the Board of Regents in recognition of their service to the University or its schools, colleges, or departments; or service to the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.

DeMaster received the award for his enthusiastic dedication and involvement with the College of Science and Engineering. As a committed and hardworking volunteer, his contributions have positively impacted the student experience.

He is a charter member of the Chemistry External Advisory Board, which was formed in 2015. In this leadership role, he has provided advice regarding academic, programmatic, and strategic issues, helped to promote the department, and provided financial support.

“Bob has been an enthusiastic advocate for the Department of Chemistry, and we are very grateful for his advice and philanthropy,” said Professor William Tolman, chair of the Department of Chemistry.

Since 2012, DeMaster has been a committed member of the CSE Campaign Committee. He was instrumental in helping the college reach and exceed its $150 million goal, raising a total of $176 million for the campaign. In addition to his role as a key member of the Campaign Committee, DeMaster has provided generous support of his own with more than $2.3 million in gifts, including a named fellowship. He will continue his volunteer service on the committee as the University of Minnesota launches the next phase of a University-wide fundraising campaign. 

DeMaster and his wife, Jill, who are joint life members of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, are enthusiastic and regular participants at University, College of Science and Engineering, and Chemistry department events. They often attend public lectures, lunch and learn events, football games, and donor events.

DeMaster is an exemplary alumnus who has given generously of his time and talents to support the Department of Chemistry, the College of Science and Engineering, and the University of Minnesota.

"It has been a real pleasure to work with Bob as an alum and dedicated volunteer," said Kathy Peters-Martell, CSE senior development officer. "He is an invaluable asset to the department and his philanthropic leadership is an inspiration."