Carver Professorship in Mechanical Engineering

Photo of Roy J. Carver, Jr.
The Carver Professorships were endowed through a 1971 gift to The University of Iowa Foundation from the late Roy J. Carver, Sr., and Lucille A. Carver of Muscatine, IA.

Educated as an engineer and possessing the drive and tenacity of the classic business entrepreneur, Mr. Carver began his career in the late 1930s and 1940s making high quality contractor pumps at the Carver Pump Company in Matherville, IL, and later in Muscatine, IA. In the early 1950s, he launched Carver Foundry Products to supply the molds for his pump company. Then, in the late 1950s and 1960s, he started the Bandag Company in Muscatine, a business that eventually became the world's largest producer of tire retread materials and equipment for the transportation industry. Mr. Carver remained active in his various businesses and philanthropic efforts until his death in 1981 at the age of 71.

Lucille Carver attended The University of Iowa and in 1972 received the Distinguished Service Award from the UI Alumni Association. She is a former director of the Carver Pump Company and Bandag Inc. and a former member of the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust Board of Trustees and The University of Iowa Foundation board.

Through a 2001 gift to The University of Iowa Foundation from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine, the Lucille A. Carver Mississippi Riverside Environmental Research Station (LACMRERS) was established in Fairport, IA. Operated by IIHR--Hydroscience & Engineering, a research unit of the UI College of Engineering, the facility is the only university-affiliated, comprehensive river research station in the world.