Engineering at Nebraska, Spring 2009
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Blackman Couple Fund Benefits Nebraska Engineering

James S. Blackman (1907 - 1983) studied architecture at UNL and, after gaining his master's degree in engineering, returned to become a professor with the UNL College of Engineering. He specialized in concrete research, served as an associate dean with the college, and retired in 1973. An admired teacher and mentor, Blackman was honored after his death in 1983 by former engineering students who established endowed funds in his name to support college scholarships and professorships. But the story doesn't end there.

His wife, Virginia A. Blackman (a 1931 UNL graduate and accomplished pianist who died in 2008), specified estate gifts that provided more than $1 million in a permanent endowed fund to support three areas of the University of Nebraska- Lincoln: the School of Music in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts; the College of Engineering; and UNL Libraries.

"The Blackmans clearly had a passion for students and education and were tremendous supporters of the university through their commitment of time, talents and personal giving," said UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman. "We're pleased their memorial fund also recognizes Professor Blackman's dedication to our outstanding engineering program and his years of service."