Moses and Dorothy Passer Trust Supports Legal Defense Fund

Date: 6/5/2013

The AAUP Foundation is pleased and proud to announce receipt of a $40,000 charitable bequest from the Moses and Dorothy Passer Trust to support its Legal Defense Fund.

Moses Passer, an AAUP member for forty-five years, spent his academic career at the University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD), where he was an assistant professor, associate professor, and full professor of chemistry. He also directed the Duluth section of the Minnesota Peat Research project during his last ten years at UMD. Passer accepted an appointment as Director of Education at the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 1964, where he developed “a broad spectrum of novel and effective educational programs designed to make chemistry accessible to every audience.”

Subsequent to his retirement from ACS, Moses and Dorothy Passer remained committed to education in and teaching of the chemical sciences and supported this work through a number of charitable contributions, culminating most notably in the establishment of the Dorothy and Moses Passer Education Fund administered by the ACS Division of Chemical Education to “help improve the teaching of the chemical sciences by providing grants to chemistry and chemical technology teachers at undergraduate institutions.” Dorothy Passer took an active role in the couple’s charitable commitments; after Moses’ death on January 10, 1999, she endowed the Moses Passer Lecture Series at Cornell University and the Moses Passer Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry at the University of Rochester. Dorothy passed away on September 7, 2012.

The AAUP Foundation is honored to receive the Passers' generous charitable bequest in support of the Legal Defense Fund, which provides financial assistance in legal cases that involve possible violations of AAUP policy. Since its inception, the fund has disbursed more than $75,000 in aid to faculty members. Information about the AAUP Foundation’s programs, including the Legal Defense Fund, can be found at