The Chemistry Department has been fortunate enough to have a number of truly outstanding scientists on its faculty and in its classrooms during its 100+ year history. Among these is Dr. Irvine Grote. A man of tremendous scientific curiosity, he worked in both private industry and subsequently as a Professor and head of the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Grote served as Scientific Consultant at Chattem, Inc. for more than 40 years, and authored numerous patents, including the original antacid formulations in Rolaids. After his passing in 1973, Dr. Grote and his wife Nita left their entire estate to the UTC Department of Chemistry, an endowment now known as the Grote Chemistry Fund. The endowment, valued at over $5.1 million, is used to fund scholarships, instrumentation, faculty development, research and two endowed professorships.