Ralph W. Veatch, Jr. and Quendrid W. Veatch - Chapman Legacy Society
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  • Ralph W. Veatch, Jr. Endowed University of Tulsa Fund | Est. 2022
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Ralph W. Veatch, Jr. and Quendrid W. Veatch

For Dr. Ralph W. Veatch, Jr., The University of Tulsa has always been a family affair. His father, Professor Ralph W. Veatch, Sr., dedicated his professional life to teaching mathematics to students at The University of Tulsa. From 1930 until 1970, Professor Veatch was a fixture in TU’s Department of Mathematics, both as a professor and for nearly two decades as Department Chair (1946-1965). He was named professor emeritus upon his retirement in 1970.

Professor Veatch was also a TU alumnus, having graduated with a BS degree in mathematics in 1925, followed by graduate degrees at Northwestern University (MA 1927), and post-graduate studies at Columbia University, The University of Chicago, and the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Ralph W. Veatch, Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps in many ways. Like his father, he studied a STEM discipline, and math was a cornerstone of his major. He went on to earn three degrees from TU (BS ’59, Petroleum Engineering; MS ’67 Petroleum Engineering; PhD ’71, Engineering Science).

Dr. Veatch enjoyed a successful career after graduation, working for Amoco Production Company and Software Enterprises, Inc. He received the coveted John Franklin Carll Award from the Society of Petroleum Engineers in 1989, in recognition of his contributions to the field of petroleum engineering.

Dr. Veatch married a TU alumna, Ann Quendrid “Quendy” Veatch, who earned a BA in art education in 1959. Ralph and Quendy Veatch were enthusiastic supporters of their alma mater, helping to fund an array of programs, including TURC (Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge), KWGS, the TU Annual Fund for the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the TU Annual Fund, the Golden Hurricane Champions Fund, and Gilcrease Museum. TU recognized these devoted alumni as members of the Chapman Legacy Society, one of the university’s most prestigious donor affinity organizations.

Alongside their other generous support, Ralph and Quendy made a generous endowment gift in 2022, which is known as the Ralph W. Veatch, Jr. Endowed University of Tulsa Fund. Earnings from this fund support students and programs in the College of Engineering and Computer Science (formerly known as the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences).

Quendy Veatch passed away in 2023, and Ralph continues to support the university that meant so much to both of them.

The University of Tulsa is deeply grateful for the inspiring philanthropy of Ralph and Quendy Veatch. Their caring concern for the needs of others will create important opportunities for TU students for generations to come.