Bethel Investor

Commitment and Dollars Endow Math and Computer Science Research

David and Janice Perry look for help to endow a student research scholarship fund.

Winter 2010

While teaching math at Bethel from 1978 to 1981, David Perry ’67 wrote grants—a lot of them—hoping to help fund computer science classes, which Bethel lacked at the time. He was successful, and the secured grants made possible the start of a computer science program in 1984. After Perry left Bethel, he worked as a researcher for 3M in the twin cities for 14 years. He often hired Bethel graduates who had gone through the computer science program, and now wants current students to gain practical research experience while still in school.

“I recognize that faculty and students participate in non-academic activity every summer, rather than working together on research during those months,” explains Perry.  “I like the idea of helping faculty members keep students throughout the summer months to work on specific research together.”

To that end, Perry and his wife Janice, who attended Bethel for two years, are encouraging Bethel alumni to help them endow a student research scholarship fund for math and computer science majors. They have committed $100,000 on the condition that others make gifts or commitments to meet the funding goal of $250,000.

Interested in helping the Perrys fund the math and computer science endowment? Contact the Office of Development at