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Success Story of a Penn High School Graduate

Postby Kingsman » Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:59 pm

While on the Hope College campus in Holland, MI, last month, I was surprised to see a huge marker for the “A. Paul Schaap Science Center.” (Schaap is pronounced, SKOP.)

Paul Schaap graduated from Penn in 1963, did his undergraduate work in chemistry at Hope College (’67 ) and received a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1970. He began teaching at Wayne State University that year.

Schaap led a research team of graduate students whose work resulted in a major breakthrough (see “Note”) in the diagnostics of AIDS, cancer, and hepatitis. He formed and was president of Lumigen, Inc., (1987) which was acquired by Beckman Coulter, its main customer, in 2006 for $185 million in cash. Now retired from WSU, Schaap is still president of Lumigen which is located in Southfield, MI.

Examples of his (and wife Carol) remarkable philanthropy:

1. Donated $7 million for the above-named science center at Hope College. Total project cost: $36 million, completed in 2004.

2. Gave $10 million for the “A. Paul Schaap Chemistry Building” at Wayne State University dedicated Sept. 16, 2011. Total project cost, $76 million. Also gave $6 million for scholarships for graduate students in chemistry.

3. Beginning in the mid-1990s, donated $1 million to the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary for scholarships. Schaap’s father, who majored in chemistry at Hope College, was pastor of the Granger Presbyterian Church when his son was at Penn. The symmetry in the lives of father and son is intriguing.

Paul Schaap was an outstanding student at Penn. That he became successful is no surprise. What is staggering is the level of achievement and stewardship.

Note: (from a Wayne State University website) “Lumigen commercialized the dioxetanes which had been developed in his [Schaap’s] research lab. The dioxetanes are now distributed worldwide by major corporations because of their sensitivity, versatility, and stability as chemiluminescent detection reagents in life science research and medical diagnostics.”
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Re: Success Story of a Penn High School Graduate

Postby South Bender » Thu Oct 20, 2011 3:36 pm

That is a great thing. Unfortunately in my time at Penn I attended classes with Ryan Randolph as mentioned in the following link.

Also, one of the most infamous Penn grads has to be Michael Alig (graduated early 80's) He's a real winner. See link...
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Re: Success Story of a Penn High School Graduate

Postby Kingsman » Sat Feb 22, 2014 9:04 pm

Source:, Dec. 6. 2013.

Philanthropist pledges $5M for art, pensions in Detroit bankruptcy

“Philanthropist A. Paul Schaap [Penn High School 1963 grad] said he will donate $5 million to protect pensions and the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection in the city’s bankruptcy. He said he plans to meet with U.S. Chief District Judge Gerald Rosen, who is serving as mediator in Detroit’s bankruptcy case. Rosen has been attempting to persuade at least 10 charitable foundations to put up a total of $500 million to separate the art institute, a municipal property, from the city, which could then use the funding to reduce cuts in city retirees’ pensions, the Detroit Free Press reported Friday.

“Detroit was ruled eligible for bankruptcy Wednesday, and the best timing for any bargain to save the art institute and its contents would be before emergency manager Kevyn Orr submits his 'plan of adjustment' for moving the city through bankruptcy, the newspaper said. Orr said his plan would be ready by early January. Schaap, a biotechnology entrepreneur, is the first Detroit-area benefactor to agree publicly to help fund the toughest issues in Detroit’s bankruptcy, city retirees’ pensions and the resolution of the Detroit Institute of Arts, the newspaper said.”
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