Regent Paul S. Mueller '84 and Spouse Nancy (Mackey) Mueller '85 Give Study Area in CSBR

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Science Hall, built in 1949, will be replaced by the CSBR

Chemistry and physics majors delight in helping Augsburg's future science students

Paul S. Mueller '84 and Nancy (Mackey) Mueller '85 met during physics tutoring sessions that Nancy led as a student. Their meeting launched a shared life path that includes a major ongoing role for science. Now they are giving both current gifts and a bequest to support the Center for Science, Business, and Religion (CSBR).

Augsburg prepared the family well for ethically centered scientific careers

Paul has served as an Augsburg regent since 2005. He wears many hats as a doctor at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He is a staff consultant and division chair in General Internal Medicine. He also teaches in Mayo's medical school where he is a Professor of Medicine and of Biomedical Ethics.

Nancy teaches physics at Mayo High School in Rochester, and earlier taught chemistry and physical science. She has a master's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland. Early in her career, she helped design submarines. They have three children. Their eldest son Luke graduated from Augsburg last spring and will pursue a graduate degree in biostatistics.

Prospect of the new center excites the Muellers

Nancy says, "We feel that the new CSBR is a long time in coming. The departments are so strong academically, but they don't have the facility to match that quality. We are missing a lot of potential students because of facilities. We are very excited that this new center will be built, and we appreciate the cross-disciplinary opportunities it presents."

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Inside Science Hall students present Chemistry research

Paul and Nancy want to encourage others to commit to the three "legs" of giving (annual, capital and planned giving) that will assure Augsburg continues to foster leaders in the sciences, business and liberal arts.

"Making a bequest is really easy to do. We added Augsburg as a recipient of one quarter of our estate. We chose Augsburg because of its quality and because it produces leaders for the future. Our three children will also benefit from our estate, but adding Augsburg really made us happy," said Nancy.

Urging others to take the "easy step" to give

When they talk about encouraging others to join them in supporting Augsburg with annual, capital and planned gifts their passion shows through. As Paul said, "What if we had multiple generations of Auggies making bequests for Augsburg? Can you imagine 50 years from now if everyone did this? The assets would really build up for the college and our impact would be magnificent."

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