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The University's first Vice-President for Research and Development, Prof Thomas Stelson, passed away in the US state of Georgia last month. He died of complications from brain surgery aged 77.

Speaking of his predecessor's enormous contributions to UST, Prof Roland Chin said: "Prof Stelson set us in the right direction and cultivated an excellent environment for UST to excel in research and development. Our tremendous success today is a result of his vision and leadership in the early years. We all miss him dearly."

Prof Stelson made his name as Vice-President for Research at Georgia Tech. A renowned administrator, his considerable fundraising skills helped Tech become one of the top five graduate engineering schools in the US, and research spending during his tenure went from US$8 million to over $112 million a year.

In 1980, he was appointed Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Solar Energy to then-President Jimmy Carter. He retired as Executive Vice-President of Georgia Tech in 1990 and was recruited by UST to help establish the University later that year.

Initially serving in a consultancy capacity, Prof Stelson was appointed VP-RD in 1991 and served with distinction in that post until 1994. He is fondly remembered and his valuable contributions live on in the successes of UST today.

   
   
 
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