Witherspoon Lecture Series
William Witherspoon established the lecture series at Queens in memory of his wife Margaret, a 1932 alumna of Queens who passed away in 1995. She majored in chemistry and biology and taught high school in St. Louis, Missouri. They were married in 1938. The Witherspoon Lectures were established to address the religious and moral implications of developments in the sciences.
"I decided to endow this lecture series at Queens because I feel it is important for students today to know the important connection between theology and science," Witherpoon said. "The number of philosophy and religion majors has risen in recent years at Queens, and I wanted to support the University's commitment to linking the humanities and the natural sciences."
William Witherspoon studied nuclear physics, chemistry and astronomy at the University College of Washington University in St. Louis while building a successful career in investment analysis.