Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences

Dr. R. Emerson and Evelyn Niswander Department of Biology

Dr. R. Emerson and Evelyn Niswander
The Dr. R. Emerson and Evelyn Niswander Biology Department was made possible by a generous donation from Dr. Jane Henney '69 and Dr. Robert Graham. Dr. R. Emerson ('Doc') Niswander served Manchester University as a Professor of Biology and Head of the Biology Department from 1950 to 1982. He was highly regarded as a scholar and was deeply committed to his students, many of whom became teachers, scientists, lab technicians, physicians, and dentists. Some became well-known, including Dr. Jane Henney, who for more than 30 years has served in a series of senior health policy leadership positions, most notably as the Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  
Evelyn Niswander served Manchester University as an Instructor of Home Economics in 1958 and then as the Supervisor of Food Service from 1959 to 1966. The Niswanders were highly respected and active members in both the University and North Manchester communities. 'Doc' and Evelyn were instrumental in the establishment of the North Manchester Center for History. Dr. Niswander served on the Wabash County Hospital Board and was a member of the Wabash County Economic Development Committee. After the couple moved to Timbercrest, Evelyn served as the Food Service Director until her retirement in 1978. 'Doc’ preceded Evelyn in death at the age of 97 in 2011. Evelyn passed away at the age of 102 in 2020. 'Doc’ and Evelyn Niswander were both people of great ability and conviction whose legacy continues to enhance the department’s ability to graduate biologists of ability and conviction which honor the Niswander legacy.  

Niswander and Henney
Dr. Jane Henney '69 with Dr. R. Emerson ('Doc') Niswander