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August 11, 2008
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EMU alumnus pledges $1 million to benefit at-need students

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University alumnus Dr. George L. Cogar and his wife, Dr. Darlene Shaw, have made a $1 million planned gift to benefit future students who have financial need. Cogar, originally from Saline, Mich., earned a bachelor’s with honors in 1974 and a master’s from EMU in 1977.

I am grateful to Drs. Cogar and Shaw for their generous support of EMU students who may struggle to afford a higher education. George excelled as a student here and has gone on to an important career in clinical psychology. He and Darlene are wonderful examples of caring individuals who use benefits of their education to help others in need,” said Dr. Susan Martin, president of Eastern Michigan University.

The planned gift from Cogar and Shaw represents the third commitment over $1 million announced at EMU during the past seven months.

“Eastern has historically provided an outstanding education to thousands of students who like myself, come from working-class backgrounds. This institution prides itself on nourishing hard-working young people who have a hunger for knowledge. Now in particular, is not an easy time to go to college. Many students face extreme financial challenges to pursue their goals, and we want to help them succeed. Eastern also has become a fine research University and is producing wonderful scholars who will assume vital roles for Michigan and the nation,” Cogar said.

A U.S. Marine Corps. veteran, Cogar formerly was a supervisory psychologist for the Department of Veterans Affairs, and is currently a clinical faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C., where his wife, Dr. Darlene Shaw, is a professor in the College of Medicine.

“I hope all alumni, faculty and friends of EMU will see that superb progress has been made here and ‘give back.’ My wife and I have always felt that ‘those who can have an obligation to those who cannot,” Cogar added.

Cogar obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and did post-doctoral study in clinical psychology and neuropsychological assessment under the renowned Dr. Aaron Smith at the University of Michigan Medical School. Later positions included founder and general partner at Behavioral Associates of the Carolinas and partner and director of Behavioral Medicine at the Carolina Spine Institute. Cogar’s research interests include investigating the effects of childhood psychological trauma as they relate to post-operative spine surgery outcome.

The couple resides in Charleston, S.C.


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