FLORENCE, S.C. – The William H. Breazeale Jr. Chemistry and Physics Scholarship at Francis Marion University has been endowed.
Breazeale was the chairman of FMU’s Department of Chemistry and Physics for 27 years. Colleagues, friends, family and students of Breazeale established the scholarship in recognition of his retirement in 1997.
He was recently honored with a luncheon at FMU on Nov. 2.
The scholarship will be awarded to an FMU student majoring in chemistry or physics, with preference given to a chemistry major. The recipient must have a classification of sophomore or higher and a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
A Greensboro, N.C. native, Breazeale received the B.S. degree in chemistry and the Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from the University of South Carolina. A founding faculty member, he came to FMU in 1970 as a professor of chemistry and chairman of the Department of Chemistry and Physics.
Under his leadership, the chemistry department received approval from the American Chemical Society in 1995. In 1985, he was named FMU’s Distinguished Professor, and was named a professor emeritus in 2000. He has been active in numerous academic professional organizations.
Breazeale currently teaches part-time at the College of Charleston. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Chemical Society Member Insurance Program, chairman of the American Chemical Society National Chemistry Week Task Force, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Laboratory Safety Institute.
He is married to Marian M. Larisey, and has two grown sons, William J. Breazeale and Dr. Grant H. Breazeale.
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