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Walter Oechsle ’57 has resigned from the Lafayette Board of Trustees after more than 10 years of distinguished service.

In a letter to Board chairman Alan R. Griffith ’64, Oechsle cited a difference of philosophy with the Board’s October 2004 vote to continue its commitment of awarding financial aid in athletics based solely on need. That vote came after a comprehensive discussion and thorough review of related materials by the full board.

“The board respects Walter’s decision and his perspective on this issue,” Griffith said. “All of us have valued his commitment and generosity to Lafayette, especially his service on several board committees and his wonderful generosity in support of the Lafayette Leadership Campaign.”

Oechsle Hall, home of Lafayette’s programs in psychology and neuroscience, was dedicated Oct. 18, 2002. The dedicatory plaque reads, “Oechsle Hall: Named in grateful tribute to Walter ’57 and Christa Oechsle whose inspiring generosity will have a profound and enduring impact on science education at Lafayette, in particular the study of psychology and neuroscience.”

In 1996 the Oechsles endowed a scholarship to aid Lafayette students from Eastern Europe. They are members of Societe d’Honneur and James Madison Porter Society and are sustaining members of the Marquis Society.

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