Columbus Laboratory Receives a Jeffress Memorial Trust Award

The purpose of the Jeffress Trust is to support basic research in chemical, medical, or other scientific fields through grants to educational and research institutions in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Grants are given to assist scientists in such institutions to conduct investigations in the natural sciences, generally considered to include chemistry, physics, biology (with the exception of field studies, classification, other largely observational studies), studies in the basic medical sciences, such as biochemistry, microbiology, and others.

The Thomas F. Jeffress and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust was established under the will of Mr. Robert M. Jeffress, a business executive and philanthropist of Richmond, Virginia.

Mr. Jeffress had a deep interest in his native state, and he made large contributions during his life in support of scientific research in the Commonwealth of Virginia. His interest in scientific matters stemmed largely from his close association with his brother-in-law, Allan Talbott Gwathmey, former Professor of Chemistry at the University of Virginia. Dr. Gwathmey was the guiding spirit in the establishment of the Virginia Institute for Scientific Research, an organization devoted to fundamental research in the natural sciences. Mr. Jeffress was a founder and the principal benefactor of the Institute, and he served as Chairman of its Board of Trustees for many years.