Fordham University in New York City has announced a $10.5 million estate gift from trustee and alumnus Stephen E. Bepler ('64) and his widow, Kim, an honorary trustee fellow.
The gift includes $8 million to establish endowed chairs in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology and advance the university's commitment to science education. The remaining $2.5 million will be added to a fund, to which the Beplers already have given $7.8 million, for a new science building to be built on Fordham's Rose Hill campus in the Bronx.
The latest gift from the couple boosts to their total giving to the university $31 million, with their previous gifts having endowed several other professorships and scholarships and supported a restoration of University Church, and the purchase of a new organ. Two years ago, the university recognized the couple's support by naming the special events space in Faber Hall in their honor. Steven Bepler, who died in October 2016, worked as an investment professional for nearly five decades.
"Steve was a true man of Fordham, and Kim has honored him and us with her ongoing passion for Fordham's noble mission and involvement in the life of the university," said the university's president, Fr. Joseph M. McShane. "We are truly grateful for Steve and Kim's extraordinary generosity and care for Fordham. This gift will help educate generations of scholars in the Jesuit tradition, and is an investment in the sciences at Fordham."