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’71 grad creates history scholarships

Posted on Oct 25, 2011
Ed Doyle enjoys history and found history major helped him a lot during his career. Now he's helping today's students to major in history.
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During his visit to campus this fall, Edward Doyle had the opportunity to meet Emily Hammersborg of South Range, Wis., who is one of the first recipients of the history scholarship he established. Joining them was Julie Demgen, Doyle’s friend from college who encouraged him to set up the scholarship.

During his visit to campus this fall, Edward Doyle had the opportunity to meet Emily Hammersborg of South Range, Wis., who is one of the first recipients of the history scholarship he established. Joining them was Julie Demgen, Doyle’s friend from college who encouraged him to set up the scholarship.

Edward Doyle has gotten a lot of use from his history major over the past 40 years.

After graduating from UW-Superior in 1971, Doyle taught school for a time and then went to work at a petroleum refinery to better support his family. He earned a master's degree and a doctorate degree while rising through the ranks on the job to become safety and emergency manager for energy producer Sunoco.

He's always been pleased with the academic foundation he built at UW-Superior

"What I experienced here academically served me well," Doyle said during a recent visit to campus.

Skills helped his career

The skills he learned in research and analysis helped him throughout his career, both as he taught college courses at night and as he put together environmental health and safety programs for refinery owners BP and Sunoco. He now runs his own business, Center for Safety and Emergency Response Training, and he teaches an environmental health and safety course at a university in Philadelphia.

To help others benefit from a college education as he did, Doyle worked with the University Advancement Office to fund an endowed scholarship in history at UW-Superior. This fall, two students majoring in history each received a $1,000 scholarship.

Among the many East Coast alumni

Doyle is among many alumni who came to Superior from the East Coast during the 1960s and early 1970s.

He and his high school buddy Nick Fedoroff grew up in Pennsylvania. They sent their college enrollment applications to a clearinghouse and received acceptance letters from Penn State University and UW-Superior. Looking for adventure far from home, they chose Superior.

Recalls his professors

Doyle said he's never regretted his decision.

"I had some good professors who kept my attention," he said.

Among his favorites, he cited Dr. Daniel Day ("He brought things alive."); Dr. Ron Mershart; and Dr. Egal Feldman ("He was very good; very straightforward.").

He also made many friends at UW-Superior - something else that resonates today. "I thoroughly enjoyed the experience," he said. "There's probably not a week goes by that I'm not in communication with someone I met here."

Why create a scholarship?

Doyle chose to create a scholarship for history students because he believes strongly in the importance of the subject. He also understands the importance of helping today's university students.          

"I enjoy being able to do this," he said. "If this scholarship can help somebody and enable them to pursue their dream, it's well worth it."

News Contact: Al Miller | 715-394-8260 | amiller{atuws}
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