Endowed professorship is sons' tribute to father

Moti Lal Rustgi

Moti Lal Rustgi (University Archives)

Brothers and fellow physicians Vinod K. Rustgi and Anil K. Rustgi, along with their mother, Kamla Rustgi, are honoring their father’s memory by endowing the Moti Lal Rustgi Professorship in the Department of Physics.

The professorship honors the memory of Moti Lal Rustgi, who was a professor in the Department of Physics from 1966 to 1992. He died in 1992 at the age of 63.

“We are grateful for the generosity of the Rustgis,” says Bruce D. McCombe, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Rustgi’s former close colleague. “Professorships are a way to recognize superior performance and also attract quality faculty to UB. We are thankful to the Rustgi family for lending this distinction to the physics department.”

The first endowed professorship in the UB Department of Physics, it will be awarded to an exceptional scholar who has demonstrated ability to conduct outstanding research. Like Rustgi, the faculty member named to the professorship will be a world-class scholar. The professorship will be used to enhance ongoing research efforts and explore new ideas and directions.