Dr. Richard Werth began teaching at Concordia in 1950 after completing his doctorate in chemistry at the University of Wisconsin. Werth worked as a visiting scientist at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tenn., and the University of Iowa’s hygienic laboratory in Iowa City. Before coming to Concordia, he was a research chemist for E.I. DuPont de Nemours in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946. Werth was chosen in 1972 as an Outstanding Educator of America for his civic and professional achievements. He retired in 1990 and died in 1993.
The Richard G. Werth Lecture in Chemistry is funded by an endowment established by his wife, Wilma, and their son, Gerald, to “support the Richard G. Werth Lectureship in Chemistry, a public event to exemplify excellence in the teaching of chemistry, and to promote an understanding of the many careers in chemistry.” The funds for the endowment were provided largely from the sale of Werth’s enormous stamp collection. Thus, this lectureship is a result of family wishes, funded by one of his hobbies and designed to fulfill one of his lifetime purposes in the field of chemistry.