Real estate executives Norman Radow of The RADCO Cos. and Peter Fitzgerald of Fightingtown Cos. have announced a $1 million donation to the Paul Radow Endowment, which provides scholarships to mechanical engineering students who are military veterans or are adult learners.
The announcement was made Friday, March 30, at the opening of a permanent exhibition honoring Radow’s engineer father at Kennesaw State University’s Engineering Technology Center. The exhibit, “Paul Radow: Life of Innovation, Legacy of Service,” chronicles his innovations, from developing “nearly indestructible” pants pockets for Levi Strauss to enhancing the launch pad elevator system for NASA’s Apollo program.
“My father knew firsthand how engineers could solve so many of our problems,” said Radow, a Congregation Etz Chaim member and former KSU Foundation chair. “As you can see from this new exhibition, he solved some important problems himself. I believe this endowment will be transformative in several ways. It will lure the best and brightest engineers to Kennesaw State, and it establishes a new watermark in scholarship giving that I urge others to emulate. My father couldn’t stop talking about KSU and the engineering college before he passed, and I think there is no better way to honor his legacy.”
The scholarship is open to full-time students who are pursuing a mechanical engineering degree in KSU’s Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology. A student must be an adult learner, a military veteran or the child of a veteran and have a 3.0 grade-point average or higher. Those selected will receive a $10,000 award to cover expenses that aren’t met by the HOPE or Zell Miller scholarship.
The four-panel exhibit was curated by Kennesaw State’s Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books for the Engineering Technology Center lobby. The display is anchored by reproduction prints of engineering plans Radow’s design team developed for the Apollo program in the 1960s.
Radow was a military veteran, serving in the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II as a flight engineer.