Philip D. and Barbara A. (Stoecklein) McPherson
Philip D. McPherson, CerE’83, PD ‘2011, and Barbara A. (Stoecklein) McPherson CE ’81, have endowed the Philip D. and Barbara A. (Stoecklein) McPherson Undergraduate Laboratory Fund in Materials Science & Engineering with a gift of $25,000 as an indication of their belief in the importance of a “hands on” engineering education at Missouri S&T.
Their desire is to support the Ceramic Engineering program by starting an endowment dedicated to supporting the Materials Science and Engineering undergraduate laboratories. The proceeds from the McPherson Undergraduate Laboratory Fund are to be allocated at the discretion of the department chair or program head giving them flexibility in determining the greatest undergraduate laboratory needs each year.
Both Philip and Barbara graduated with degrees in engineering from Missouri S&T and have experienced firsthand the value of an S&T education. Phil began his career with Owens-Corning Fiberglass in Kansas City, Kansas, and Manville Corp. in Toledo, Ohio. He joined Saint-Gobain in 1990, and has held various positions, including department manager, plant manager, manufacturing vice president and senior vice president of technology. He is currently senior vice president and general manager of the food, beverage and spirits sector at Verallia / Saint-Gobain Containers Inc.; a member of the Missouri S&T Academy of Mines and Metallurgy and voluntarily serves on several boards. Barbara worked for Manville Corp. in Toledo, Ohio as well and currently has many interests in the community. As a civil engineering student, Barbara was active in American Society of Civil Engineers and Society of Women Engineers and continues to encourage young women to pursue engineering degrees. Philip and Barbara were the first in their families to graduate from a university and they would like to recognize their parents, Dean and Agnes McPherson and Ray and Isabel Stoecklein, for their sacrifice and support.