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Celebrating 125 Years of combined service to the College: Profs. John Neu, Fred Bergerson, and Mike McBrideDepartment of Political Science Endowment Fund

Under a canopy of lights outside Graham Athletic Center, former and current students and friends of beloved political science professors Mike McBride, Fred Bergerson, and John Neu came together to toast — and roast — the trio’s 125 years of combined service at Whittier College.

Joining the College’s faculty in the late 1960s/early 1970s, the threesome — often referred to by their 10,000+ students past and present as “Doc, Fred, and Dr. Neu” — have each earned legendary status in Whittier lore for their personal and professional dedication to students and for their hand in shaping the curriculum of the political science department.

A group of dedicated alumni joined together around the evening’s celebration to honor McBride, Bergerson, and Neu by raising money to establish an endowment fund for the department of Political Science. This fund will exist in perpetuity to ensure a vibrant future for the department and to continually provide transformative educational experiences that inspire students to become effective participants and citizens in the global world. Through this fund, students will be able to interact with world renowned experts, participate in life changing programs like Model UN, and continue to be inspired and challenged by dedicated faculty.

For more information about supporting faculty or academic departments, contact Vice President for Advancement Steve Delgado at 562.907.4217 or