Published: June 29, 2017

For the past two weeks, the College of Engineering & Applied Science has been sharing stories and memories from the 42-year career of engineering professor David Clough, as he prepares for retirement.

There was no shortage of stories submitted. With an encyclopedic memory and a knack for connecting with students, Clough has become a popular educator over the course of his career. For the past 12 years he has served as CU Boulder's faculty athletics representative, where he advocates for academic integrity and the well-being of student-athletes, seeking to know and be known by every CU player and coach.

Former students and colleagues deemed him “an outstanding teacher, mentor and friend,” a “symbol for students everywhere,” an “all-time favorite professor” and “such a pleasure to work with and be around.”

But the campaign involves much more than sharing fond memories for nostalgia's sake. The engineering college has created an endowed faculty fund in Clough's name to honor his legacy and provide a leg-up to the faculty member who follows in his footsteps.

Any amount donated between now and Friday, June 30, will be more than doubled by matching gifts from generous benefactors who want future students to benefit from faculty members as committed as Clough. Even pledges made over several years count toward the match.

In the oft-heard words of Clough: “Opportunities come along—say yes.”

For more information on the endowment fund, please email