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Research Grant Endowment Established

Emeritus Professor and Wife Donate to Support Faculty Research

March 8, 2013

Marlita and Leland J. Bellot

Marlita and Leland J. Bellot

Leland J. Bellot, emeritus professor of history, and his wife, Marlita, have donated $35,000 to Cal State Fullerton to establish the Leland and Marlita Bellot Research Grant Endowment.
Tenured faculty members in the History Department will benefit from the endowment funds, starting in 2014, said Jochen Burgtorf, professor and chair of history.

“The annual distributions from the Leland and Marlita Bellot Research Grant Endowment will be used to encourage qualified faculty members pursuing new projects that may lead to publication,” he said.
Leland Bellot, an authority on British history, joined the university faculty in 1964, when the campus was known as Orange County State College, and was awarded emeritus status in 2001. During his tenure on campus, the educator not only taught, but also served in various administrative posts, including dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, chair of the Faculty Council (now Academic Senate) and acting vice president for academic affairs. Bellot, who has a doctorate in history from the University of Texas, authored many journal articles and presented papers at conferences nationwide.
“From the beginning,” Bellot remembers, the History Department “adopted the guiding principle that majors would be required to experience a wide and diverse exposure to the concepts and content of historical knowledge. Despite significant changes in the historical discipline, and in the numbers and diversity of our students, these underlying principles have survived and served our majors well.”
“The Bellots’ generous gift reminds faculty, students, and alumni that CSUF can be an extraordinary place to pursue a passion for history,” said Lynn M. Sargeant, associate professor of history.
When asked by Sargeant why they chose to make their gift, Leland Bellot said that he and his wife “agreed that we owed a great debt to Cal State Fullerton and the History Department, in particular, where for more than 40 years, I was able to do what I loved, in company with colleagues whose mutual respect, ready friendship and unfailing support made it a rewarding and treasured experience.”
The Bellots, who reside in Placentia, said they hope that, through “the assistance and encouragement” of the new award, CSUF and the History Department will be able to retain a new generation of teacher-scholars.

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