A gift of $580,000 by longtime supporters of the University of Texas at Arlington is being matched by the university to establish a $1.16 million endowment for the creation of the Charles T. McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies.
The gift was presented by Betty Ruch on behalf of herself and her late husband Roger Ruch. The couple was a host family to 28 exchange students, including the first teenagers from China and the Soviet Union to live with an American family.
The multidisciplinary center is named for the late McDowell, a UTA professor who established the Center for Post-Soviet and East European Studies on the Arlington campus in 1968. McDowell, who had a decorated military career before joining the UTA faculty, also served as dean of student life, chairman of the Department of Foreign Languages and Linguistics and assistant to the president.
SOURCE: Betty Dillard/Fort Worth Business Press