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Dr. Kenneth L. Hoy

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Behind every gift is a person, a family, and a story. The Kenneth Hoy Revocable Trust benefits the Kenneth Hoy Fund in Memory of Otis L. Hoy for Pharmacy, the Kenneth Hoy Fund in Memory of Francois Dickman for UW Library Innovation and Outreach, and the Dr. Kenneth L. Hoy Engineering Fellowship. The pharmacy fund supports scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Pharmacy. The library fund is used to support opportunities to demonstrate and enhance innovation at UW Libraries, as well as state of Wyoming libraries. Finally, the engineering fund supports recruiting and retaining faculty in the College of Engineering and Applied Science who are working on combustion, CO2 utilization, or advanced uses of coal.

The person is the late Dr. Kenneth Hoy. It was only natural that Ken and his family support the School of Pharmacy, since Hoy Drugs was a Cheyenne landmark, and Ken and his two brothers, Ted and Richard, are also alums of the school. In fact, the family established the Otis L. Hoy fund in 2000 to honor their father, who was born in Sacramento, California. Their grandfather, his father, had emigrated as an indentured servant from China when he was 12. There are also two sisters, Margaret and Amayda, also both UW alums, as well as other family members. Margaret married Francois Dickman, who served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. That’s why it’s natural that Ken’s estate supports the library endowment. Third, Ken began his UW studies in engineering before switching to pharmacy and had a lifelong interest in engineering, and so he wanted his estate to support the area he loved.  

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