The Thomas Hart and Mary Jones Horning Chair

Benjamin B. Horning, an OSU alumnus who went on to a distinguished career in philanthropy and medical education, died on December 9, 1991, at the age of 101. In his will, he left more than $3 million to Oregon State University to establish an endowed chair in the humanities. The chair honors the memory of Dr. Horning's parents, Mary Jones and Thomas Hart Horning.

Corvallis attorney John Fenner, a friend who helped Dr. Horning develop his estate plans, said, "He wanted to build a bridge between the arts and the sciences. The major objective of this gift is to improve and extend the teaching of humanities to the sciences and other disciplines offered by Oregon State University."

Dr. Horning was internationally recognized for his work in fostering improved health care throughout Latin America. In his 14 years as medical director for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, he pioneered the Foundation's approach to providing coordinated technical assistance to Latin American countries.

Dr. Horning earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from OSU before serving in the U.S. Navy from 1917-1920. He subsequently earned his M.D. from Harvard and a master's in public health from the Johns Hopkins University. Before joining the Kellogg Foundation, he served as an epidemiologist for the Connecticut State Department of Health, chief health officer of the City of Hartford, Connecticut, and associate field director of the American Public Health Association. After leaving Kellogg in 1956, he was a medical education consultant for the U.S. Department of State for five years, until his retirement.


Anita Guerrini and David Luft

Anita Guerrini and David Luft joined OSU's nationally-recognized history of science program in fall 2008 as the new holders of the Thomas Hart and Mary Jones Horning Chair in the Humanities.

Anita Guerrini, an expert in environmental history, comes to OSU from University of California, Santa Barbara where she served as professor of history and environmental studies. In addition to environmental history, Professor Guerrini's research has focused on the history of the life sciences and medicine.

She holds a doctorate from Indiana University and received her master's degree from Oxford University. She is the author of several books and has edited numerous volumes and articles. She has received grants or fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, and the Huntington Library, among others.

David Luft has an international reputation as an intellectual historian of Central Europe. Prior to joining OSU, David Luft served as a professor of history at University of California at San Diego.

Much of his research focuses on how European intellectuals tried to come to terms with modern science. He is also an author and editor and is working on a history of Austrian intellectual tradition. Luft has received numerous awards for teaching and scholarship. He earned his doctorate at Harvard University.




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