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SFA announces Chemistry Building dedication ceremony to honor Lehmanns

April 13, 2017 - University Marketing Communications
Dr. Robert and Kathy Lehmann will be honored with a building dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 25, on the SFA campus. SFA's Board of Regents voted to name the university's Chemistry Building in the Lehmanns' honor in January. Pictured, from left, are the Lehmanns; SFA President Dr. Baker Pattillo; and Dr. Scott Coleman, chair of the SFA Board of Regents.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - A dedication ceremony celebrating the naming of the Robert and Kathy Lehmann Chemistry Building will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 25, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Plaza, located at the front entrance to the Chemistry Building.

SFA's Board of Regents voted to name the building in the Lehmanns' honor in January.

"Dr. Robert and Kathy Lehmann are a part of this university," said Dr. Baker Pattillo, SFA president. "They have dedicated time, expertise and financial resources to SFA, and we are honored to express our admiration and gratitude to them with this recognition."

Dr. Lehmann established Lehmann Eye Center in Nacogdoches 40 years ago. As an ophthalmologist, he is recognized for his contributions in the advancement of surgical techniques in the management of eye diseases and has been instrumental in bringing new technology to the field of ophthalmology.

His wife, Kathy, attended SFA and serves as the administrator of Lehmann Eye Center and also as an SFASU Foundation trustee. She holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing.

The Lehmanns have contributed to SFA student scholarships and to the advancement of university programs, including fine arts, modern languages, hospitality, athletics, nursing, the College of Sciences and Mathematics, and the Women in STEM initiative.

"Kathy and I are extremely honored for this recognition and feel SFA has been a tremendous blessing to us, to our community, to all of East Texas and beyond," Dr. Lehmann said.

The Robert and Kathy Lehmann Chemistry Building houses the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

For more information about the dedication ceremony, contact April Smith, associate director of development, at (936) 468-5406.