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12/06/94

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Irvine Foundation establishes lectureship for Memorial Church

STANFORD -- The board of directors of The James Irvine Foundation has donated $100,000 to Stanford to establish the Roger W. Heyns Lectureship in Religion and Community.

The lectureship, which is established at Memorial Church, will be an annual or semi-annual event that either will feature a major speaker or present a symposium focused on problems and challenges of religion and community.

Dean of the Chapel Robert C. Gregg said the Heyns lectureship would feature ³serious presentations and discussions focused on the intersection of religious thought and practice with societies¹ self-understandings, and with undertakings in the worlds of science, arts, politics, law and commerce.²

Heyns, a resident of Atherton, has been a member of the Memorial Church congregation since 1977. At the request of then- President Donald Kennedy, Heyns in the mid-1980s presided over a self-study that identified new directions for the university chaplaincy. He also was active in raising $10 million for restoration of the church after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

Heyns served as chancellor at the University of California at Berkeley from 1965 to 1971, after a long stint at the University of Michigan as a psychology faculty member, dean and academic vice president. He was president of the American Council on Education during 1972-77, then served as president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation until 1992.

He served on the National Science Board from 1967 to 1976 and has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 1978.

The lectureship honors Heyns on his retirement after 16 years as a board member of the Irvine Foundation.

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