Barth-Hirth Chemical Engineering Scholarship
A conversation with Joe and Gail Barth.
Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
We chose to establish an endowment at Auburn University to show our appreciation for all that Auburn has meant to us, and to also specifically recognize Dr. Leo Hirth. Dr. Hirth taught chemical engineering at Auburn for many years. All of the ChE faculty were extremely good educators, but Dr. Hirth was special.
What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
Dr. Leo Hirth and his wife, Marge, were very involved in student mentoring at Auburn. Dr. Hirth was a great teacher, and more so, a superb mentor. Dr. Hirth advised the AIChE Student Chapter and always had an open office door to talk to students.
Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
Auburn gave me the foundation for a rewarding life time of opportunities. I believe that learning the fundamentals of hard work, team effort, and mentoring are three special Auburn attributes I value the most.
All over the world you can meet Auburn Tigers or people who have been impacted by Auburn. I have been to 90 countries and it’s a welcome greeting to hear a “War Eagle” when a passer-by sees an Auburn shirt. It’s great to be an Auburn Tiger.
What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I hope this scholarship will help recipients appreciate the opportunity that Auburn provides for a solid chemical engineering education.