Evelyn Keiser, co-founder of Keiser University, dies at 100

Evelyn Keiser, co-founder of Fort Lauderdale’s Keiser University and a pioneer for women in science and education, died Monday in Pompano Beach, her family said. She was 100 years old.

Keiser University began as a two-room storefront in Fort Lauderdale with only one student, and is now one of Florida’s biggest private, non-profit universities. Keiser founded the school with her son, Arthur Keiser, the current chancellor, in 1977. She taught until she was 90 years old.

Before she founded a university, however, Keiser was a young woman pursuing science in 1940s Philadelphia who fought to get an education and later start her own laboratory despite expectations of her gender.

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