Samuel W. Parr was born in Granville, Illinois, and graduated with a BS from the University of Illinois in 1884. He spent a year in graduate work at Cornell University, from which he received an MS degree in 1885. He held various academic posts until he joined the faculty at the University of Illinois in 1891 as a Professor of Applied Chemistry. He continued in that position until his retirement in 1926. In 1901 he established the curriculum of chemical engineering essentially as it exists today. After the death of A. W. Palmer in 1904, Prof.