Helping to Grow Minds Patent Lawyer Makes $130K Campaign Gift
Herb Jervis '64, G'66 and Mary, his wife of 31 years, both give to various charities in their community, but it is Springfield College that holds a special place in Jervis' heart, and so it is to Springfield that his largest gifts-and a bequest-will go.
Retired, Jervis still teaches a law school class in intellectual property law and also tutors high school AP Biology students. And he responds when he is asked to talk to students about his thriving career as a university-professor-turned-lawyer. Why? Because now it's his turn to teach others how to learn and grow.
Recently, at a high school near his home on Amelia Island, Florida, Jervis explained that, as a physical education major at Springfield College, he was required to take a lot of biology courses. These courses quickly turned his interests to science, so he switched his major and earned his bachelor's degree in biology. One field of knowledge just led to the other, he explains. He earned a master's in education at Springfield College so he could teach genetics and then, after serving in Vietnam in the U.S. Army, he earned a second master's degree in science and a doctoral degree in molecular genetics from Florida State University.
Following a tenured professorship, Jervis earned a law degree in 1987 from New York's St. John's University, a degree he used as a patent lawyer specializing in biotechnological inventions. When Jervis, 63, retired about four years ago, he was chief patent counsel for Pioneer Hi-Bred International, a division of DuPont.
Long grateful to Springfield College for fostering the desire to cultivate his mind, Jervis' dedication to the College has been steadfast. He has served on the Alumni Council and the Board of Trustees and assisted with student recruiting as well. And he has supported the College financially as a longtime member in the Morgan Circle of the David Allen Reed Society, giving an annual gift to the College of at least $5,000.
This fall, when he learned about Leadership for the 21st Century: The Campaign for Springfield College, Jervis upped his gift considerably, pledging to give an additional $130,000 to the College over the next five years.
As a biologist, of course, he's particularly excited about the renovations to the science laboratories, and so it was toward those efforts that he directed his gift, the first part of which was 1,000 shares of stock worth roughly $58,000. In the next four years, he will offer the remaining amount and, in addition, Jervis has also become a member of the Amici Society, having named Springfield College in his will as a beneficiary; that gift could be worth more than $1 million.
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