Dr. Eileen Bender was a professor of English at IU South Bend for 33 years before retiring in May of 2010. She co-founded the statewide Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching at Indiana University, served as its first director, and received many awards for her work at IU South Bend as a teacher and campus leader.
Dr. Harvey Bender was a professor of Biology at the University of Notre Dame for 52 years. He was founding director of the Regional Genetics Center at Memorial Hospital in South Bend and an adjunct professor of Medical Genetics at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Eileen and Harvey Bender were married in 1956. They had three children whose generous gift has made possible the Bender Scholar in Residence Lecture.