Dorothy Woodland and Irvin Wills Endowed Science Scholarship


Type: Endowed

Donor: Alumni

Established: 1983

Dorothy Woodland was a pilgrim in life.  From working on the World War II’s top-secret Manhattan Project to preparing many young students for the challenges of the field of science, Woodland challenged the norms of her day.  Dorothy graduated with an undergraduate degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio and received her Doctor of Physical Chemistry degree at Ohio State University.  She then launched into a life dedicated to teaching and spent the first 30 years of her career teaching at JBU from 1944- 1974.  She served as a professor as well as Academic Dean and was heavily involved with many of the artistic productions on the JBU campus.  She believed in her students and they knew it.  Dorothy passed away in 1999.

Dr. Irvin A Wills is one of the dominant figures of JBU history.  He was a professor of biology here from 1935-1974, and head of the Biology Department for about half those years.  Wills’ educational background included a bachelor’s of science from Wheaton College, and master’s and doctorate degrees from the State University of Iowa.  He was the sponsor of the Science Club for several decades, which made numerous field trips each year and hosted campus activities.  Wills also served as Academic Dean from 1940-1955.  In those days before computer registration, one student remembers that this involved writing out a note card for each student in each class, spreading them out all over a wall, and rearranging the cards until all needs were met and seats were filled!  Wills was more than suited for these tasks.  He had an incredibly sharp mind and consistently strove to learn more about this world.  When he found items of interest in magazines or other reading materials, he would remove the article in question and place it in a scrapbook for future reference, or make illegible scribbles in one of his many notebooks.  Students who worked with him marveled at how he could always direct them through his piled-up collections to the exact article he needed to reference.  Irvin Wills died around 1983.