Rose S. Ling
Rose S. Ling passed away in January 2017. She was 95 years old. Rose Ling and her husband Joseph Ling (Ph.D. 1952) were longtime friends and benefactors of CEGE. Rose Ling went to college in Shanghai during WWII. That is where she and Joseph met. She was the first woman to obtain an MS degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. After three years working in China, she returned to do polymer research at General Mills and Henkel Company. Joseph Ling was the first doctoral graduate in environmental engineering (then called sanitary engineering). At the time of his retirement in 1984, he was responsible for 3M's environmental programs worldwide. He was a recipient of the University's Outstanding Achievement Award. Joseph died in 2006; he was 86.
Dr. And Mrs. Ling established the Joseph T. and Rose S. Ling Professorship in Civil Engineering in 1997 to encourage, recognize, and retain outstanding faculty in the environmental engineering program in CEGE. That Professorship is held by Professor William Arnold. They also established the Joseph T. and Rose S. Ling Chair in Environmental Engineering, which is held by Professor Paige Novak.
If you would like to remember Rose Ling and Joseph Ling, the family requested memorials be sent to the Rose S. and Joseph T. Ling Graduate Environmental Engineering Fellowship (Fund 6790) at the University of Minnesota.