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Wendell Foote

Wendell Foote '60

A 47-year resident of Oregon, Wendell L. Foote ’60 remains close to Otterbein. He and late wife, Judith Lovejoy Foote ’58, were dedicated to their alma mater since graduation.

After serving in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, Foote studied chemistry and biology at Otterbein.  A member of the Otterbein football team, he met Judith at a mixer for Zeta Phi and Sigma Alpha Tau in 1958.  

While a student, Foote did full-time research at Battelle Memorial Institute. After graduation, he worked in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries with Wyeth Laboratories, Xerox and H.B. Fuller before co-founding Specialty Polymers, Inc. He has advised professional societies and environmental and regulatory agencies.

Dedicated to promoting science among youth, Foote endowed a science fund at Oregon’s Linfield College. At Otterbein, he served on the campaign committee for the Science Center. The Footes created the Foote Atrium there — a beautiful open space that inspires faculty, students and visitors. The All Star Corridor funded by the Footes in Clements Recreation Center celebrates the excellence and achievement of Otterbein athletes.

In 2009, the Footes received the Service to Otterbein Alumni Award for their dedication to the University. Wendell Foote remains an advocate for the Otterbein Fund and is its largest consistent annual donor. Otterbein is proud to honor Wendell Foote for his longstanding dedication and philanthropy to Otterbein.

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