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Portrait of Chemistry Research

Marilyn Bottini created an ongoing memorial to her husband and, in the process, is helping UC Davis students and faculty further their own research.

Bottini remembers her late husband, Albert, every day.

So what better way to honor his memory than to establish an endowment at UC Davis, where he was an organic chemistry professor and researcher for almost 35 years.

“We wanted to create an ongoing memorial for Albert in something he so believed in,” Marilyn Bottini said. “It’s nice to have him remembered permanently.”

Bottini and her family created the Albert T. Bottini Chemistry Collection Endowment to support University Library in purchasing key chemistry research materials. The funds allow the library to purchase expensive multi-volume reference books that students and faculty use, which would be otherwise too expensive to acquire.

“Albert was actively involved in research until he retired. Having thorough research materials at his fingertips was critical to helping his research progress,” Bottini said. “Setting up the endowment means there will always be ongoing funds for new materials because there is always new information coming out that people need to access.”

Albert Bottini was an organic chemistry professor from 1958 to 1992, specializing in natural products that have possible pharmaceutical uses. He was awarded National Science Foundation fellowships from 1954 to 1957. He also served on the UC Davis Physical Sciences Library Committee for several years.

Marilyn Bottini said she feels “privileged” that she’s been able to see her grandkids’ faces when they’ve seen the gift honoring their “Papa.”

“I’m pleased to be able to do it,” Bottini said. “It’s added to my life, not taken away from it.”