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Inside Iowa State
Feb. 23, 1996

Palmer gift to fund new FCS facility

by Michelle Johnson

Iowa State alumni James R. and Barbara Raeder Palmer, State College, Pa., have contributed $1 million toward the construction of a new building for the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

The facility will house the human development and family studies department and will consolidate personnel and programs currently divided among five campus locations. These programs include the Child Development Laboratory School, the Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic and the Financial Counseling Clinic.

University officials will recommend to the Iowa Board of Regents that the new facility be named for the Palmers.

"Barbara and Jim Palmer's gift demonstrates their commitment both to the students and staff at Iowa State University, and to the well-being of Iowa children and families," said President Martin Jischke. "The Palmer Human Development and Family Studies Building will allow Iowa State to better serve Iowans by strengthening important programs contributing to the social and economic growth of families."

"One of the crisis issues in our country today is the need to strengthen the family and to provide for the children throughout the world," said Barbara Palmer. "The education and research that will be housed in the new facility is important in furthering those goals."

The 21,600-square-foot facility will be constructed adjacent to the east wing of MacKay Hall. The total cost of the project is $5.3 million. To date, $4.55 million has been raised through private donations and university funds.

"This gift from Barbara and Jim Palmer is truly an investment in children and families, the human capital that is needed for our society's social and economic growth and stability," said Family and Consumer Sciences Dean Beverly Crabtree.

Barbara Raeder Palmer received a degree in home economics in 1946. Jim Palmer received a degree in electrical engineering in 1944. For 31 years, Jim served as chief executive of C-COR Electronics Inc., a firm that develops and manufactures amplifiers and other devices for data communications and cable television industries. Barbara was a director of C-COR for more than 23 years.

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