After earning his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1969, Allen Staver had a difficult choice to make. He had been offered two teaching positions: one in sunny California at San Jose State, the other at Northern Illinois University.
Today, sitting in his living room at his home in DeKalb with his wife, Almeda Bridge, the retired NIU meteorology professor says he knows he made the right choice. He says it's been a "good ride" and chuckles as he recalls that it was 15 degrees below zero the day he moved to DeKalb. "I wanted to live somewhere that had all four seasons," he says.
Allen has always been fascinated by weather. As a young boy, he says he never ran for cover when a storm blew through his parents' farm in Nebraska. In fact, he would get as close as he could so he could watch— and he has been watching the weather ever since.
KEEPING NIU at THE FOREFRONT
Allen taught meteorology for 26 years at NIU. During his tenure, keeping himself and the university at the forefront of the field were always among his top priorities. In fact, he led the effort to install the first satellite at Davis Hall. The addition gave NIU access to the most advanced weather prediction technology of the time and represented a major step forward for the department and the university.
Over the years, Allen and his passion for weather inspired many students at Northern—many of them moving on to become awardwinning professionals across the nation.
Today, Allen marvels at new technologies and how computers have revolutionized weather prediction. When he watches the weather on TV, he enjoys seeing his former students using those new technologies.
ANOTHER WAY TO HELP
Now retired, Allen has found another way to help NIU move forward. To keep the university at the forefront of meteorology, he's made a significant bequest through his trust to NIU. His gift is unrestricted, which will enable the department chair to direct it toward the greatest opportunities and highest priorities when the gift is realized.
Allen's legacy at NIU will help keep Northern on the radar as a firstchoice university for talented students and faculty who, just like Allen, love to track the weather.