David ’74 and Lois ’73 Kail can list several professors who have made an impact on their lives. Among them are Wanda and Carl Wehner.
“I worked as a laboratory assistant in the Chemistry Department with Wanda,” says David. “She was so dedicated to her students, and she was a great inspiration to me.”
David and Lois Kail
Carl and Wanda established high standards in their classrooms, which gained them a reputation for excellence from their students and colleagues. Carl was a central figure in the development of a strong Department of Mathematics and what became the Department of Computer Science. He was a pioneer in the use of computers in the classroom. Wanda was a central figure in the development of a strong undergraduate program in the Department of Chemistry that has gained a widespread reputation for excellence.
Not only were Carl and Wanda outstanding leaders in the classroom, they supported UNI through three fundraising campaigns. They also funded an annual undergraduate research award and established four endowed scholarships that support students in computer science, mathematics teaching, chemistry teaching and elementary education.
Both Carl and Wanda died in 2013, but their legacy continues through gifts from their estate. And, because of the significant impact the Wehners made on David and Lois, the couple will continue to support the Wehner’s mathematics and chemistry scholarships; which they have done for more than 35 years.
David retired from Dow Chemical Company and Lois retired from teaching high school mathematics. They live in Concord, Calif.
Lois says, “Dave and I have been very fortunate and want to ‘give back’ to the university that opened the door to so many opportunities for us and to honor the professors who made such a difference in our lives.”