Marilyn R. and Edmund U. Cohler Scholarship Fund
Ed, a former member of MSPP's Board of Trustees, is a retired electrical engineer and computer scientist, and the former CEO of CSP, Inc., a company he founded in 1969. Marilyn, a former organic chemist, at age 50 entered doctoral studies at MSPP and graduated from the school in 1985. "MSPP was a very nurturing experience for me," says Marilyn, "and we wanted to give back to the field." The Cohler's Scholarship Fund at MSPP was created in 1990 to benefit second and third year MSPP students. Homage to education began early with the Cohlers. Ed comes from a family of educators; his father was associate superintendent of schools in Chicago, and his mother, an English teacher, developed the English curriculum for the State of Illinois. While schooling for Marilyn's mother stopped after the eighth grade, her European Russian father had not gone even that far, but was capable of speaking several languages. "My father would say to me," comments Marilyn, "they can take everything from you, but they can't take your education."