Johnson Chapel Associate Profile: Leslie T. Webster, Jr. 1947
Generations of Amherst students are familiar with the Webster
family name, as it proudly identifies the old biology building, now home to
Russian and Asian studies and theater and dance. And appropriately so, for,
beginning with Les Webster’s father, Class of 1915, generations of Websters
have been educated at this College on the Hill. As Les notes, one grandson
is even named Jeffrey!
Les himself entered Amherst with the Class of 1947, leaving early for two semesters
at Union College before directly entering Harvard Medical School, courtesy
of the USNR V-12
program. Les remembers Amherst professors such as Glaser, Beebe, Schotté,
Marsh, Spurrier and Packard, who all were remarkable for their dedication,
not only to their disciplines, but also to their students.
Les’s career choice was academic medicine,
with faculty appointments at Northwestern
and Case Western Reserve Universities. With
a research interest in drug metabolism and antiparasitic drugs, he remains
active as a research consultant for pediatric fellows
and a teacher/advisor to first- and second-
year medical students.
Thoughts on Giving to Amherst:
"Rapidly escalating educational costs
make it increasingly difficult to attract
the diversity of gifted students and extraordinary faculty that Amherst requires.
I’ve tried to help by joining the Johnson
Chapel Associates and establishing a small
student scholarship fund.”
The Johnson Chapel Associates society recognizes
those alumni and friends who have named
Amherst in their will and/or provided for the
college through a planned gift. For more
information contact Timothy A. Neale ’70,
Director of Planned Gifts, Amherst College,
Amherst, MA 01002-5000, (413) 542-8256, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Frank Ward