Although Conrad V. Hatch retired in 1986, he taught one more school year at Southern Utah State College and donated his salary to the college in the form of two scholarship endowments and an endowment to the SUSC physical science department.
"The school's done a lot for me. I don't think I'll ever have a lot of money to donate, but I thought I could donate my time," said Hatch, a former chemistry professor. Indeed, SUSC complied with Hatch's request and used the salary to fund a $15,000 scholarship endowment for physical science, a $15,000 endowment for the physical science department, and an $8,300 scholarship endowment for communications in his wife's name.The scholarship endowments will provide money each academic year for outstanding students in physical science and communications.
"He thinks the college exists for the students. They are the important element," said Elva Oldroyd Hatch, his wife of 39 years. SUSC has also proven to be an important part of Hatch's life. He attended SUSC from 1940 to 1942, when he served as student body president.
Hatch received an associate degree from SUSC in 1942. He later earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in physics and chemistry at Brigham Young University. In 1961, he completed his doctoral work in chemistry at Oregon State University.
He had been on the SUSC faculty since 1948. During that time he served in many capacities for the college, including professor, chairman of the physical sciences division, college curriculum committee chairman, and faculty adviser to student government. Hatch took a leave from teaching to serve as academic vice president of the college for presidents Royden C. Braithwaite and Orville D. Carnahan.
Returning to the classroom in 1981, Hatch again enjoyed success as a master teacher. He earned the Outstanding Educator Award for 1986-87.
Hatch's enthusiasm for SUSC also rubbed off on his family. Both Hatch and his wife graduated from Richfield High School and attended SUSC. Mrs. Hatch earned her associate degree in 1943 and returned in 1945 to teach English and communications. Hatch joined the facility in 1948 and the two were married in February 1949. Both continued to teach until their retirements in 1986. All seven Hatch children - Dale, Elaine, Lynn, Larry, Paul, Anne Hunter and Linda Wood - graduated from SUSC.
Now that Hatch is finished with his donated year of teaching, he and his wife plan to travel, visit friends, and serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.