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Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Tucker '50

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Richard Tucker passed away in January of 2009. He was a retired vice chairman of the Mobil Corporation and president of Mobil Oil Corporation. He was a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Council on Foreign Relations.

"Over the years, Cornell has continued to place emphasis on quality of teaching. This is an effort that we support strongly. We don’t think you can legislate good teaching, but it should be possible to create a sense of pride among scholars for their achievements in teaching. The college’s teaching awards program is an excellent example of how this can be accomplished." —Richard F. Tucker ’50 B.Ch.E.

Mr. Tucker was named a foremost benefactor of Cornell in April 1993. A Cornell trustee for 19 years, he was elected a Trustee Emeritus and a Presidential Councillor in the fall of 1992. He was a member of the Cornell University Council for more than twenty years. Mr. Tucker was a member of the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association and the Engineering College Council. He chaired the Advisory Council for the Johnson Graduate School of Management, where he was featured in the Hall of Honor. A former member of the joint board of New York Hospital–Weill Cornell Medical Center, he also chaired the board of overseers of Weill Cornell Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences.

Genevieve (Gen) Tucker is a membr and former chair of the Advisory Council of Cornell’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art and has contributed to the Art and Education Fund to support the museum’s educational programs. She and Mr. Tucker were charter members of the Cornell Club of New York.