Palmer Human Development & Family Studies Building

PalmerHumanDevelopmentandFamilyStudiesBldgThe Palmer Human Development and Family Studies Building was built in 2000 as part of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS). The building is named for Barbara Raeder Palmer and James R. Palmer whose $1 million gift to Iowa State initiated the project. James R. Palmer received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Iowa State in 1944 and his wife, Barbara Raeder Palmer, received a B.S. in household equipment from Iowa State in 1946. James Palmer began investing in the cable television industry in 1968 and served for 31 years as chief executive of C-COR Electronics, Inc., a firm that develops and manufactures amplifiers and other devices for data communications and cable television industries. He was an ISU Foundation Governor and member of the Board of Directors. He served on the Governors’ Investment Committee for six years, including four years as its chair. (James R. Palmer was initiated into Tau Beta Pi as a student by Iowa Alpha on October 3, 1944)