The Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation
ROLLIN M. GERSTACKER was an engineering graduate of Cleveland's Case Institute of Technology. After graduation, he remained in the Cleveland area. He worked throughout his career as a manager at Bartlett and Snow, an engineering and construction firm that built boating machinery.
The Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation was founded by Mrs. Eda U. Gerstacker in 1957 in memory of her husband. The Gerstackers were the parents of Carl A. Gerstacker.
Rollin instilled in his son an interest in business. When Carl was a young teenager Rollin encouraged him to invest all of his savings in the Dow Chemical Company. Carl (BSE ChE '38, LLD Hon. '93) began a career at Dow upon graduation from the University of Michigan College of Engineering. In 1960, he became chairman of the board. Thirteen years later, BusinessWeek labeled him the senior statesman of the chemical industry. He retired in 1981. He received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Michigan in 1982 and the first Alumni Society Medal from the College of Engineering in 1992.
The Gerstacker Foundation has made many notable grants, concentrated in the states of Michigan and Ohio, in the areas of general community support; colleges, universities and research institutions; music and the arts; social services; youth activities; health care and research; and churches.