Memorial Gift Honors Late Percy L. Julian '20

Memorial Gift Honors Late Percy L. Julian '20

January 4, 1976

Percy Julian 1974.jpgJanuary 4, 1976, Greencastle, Ind. - The widow of renowned research scientist Percy Lavon Julian '20 has made a gift to DePauw University to honor her husband's memory. Dr. Anna Julian has given more than $51,000 to DePauw recently in addition to a fund that was created earlier, and will be used to create two trusts: one known as the Percy L. Julian Memorial Chemistry Fund and the other the Percy L. Julian Scholarship Fund.

Dr. Percy Julian died on April 19, 1975. His research brought about development of a low cost method of producing cortisone, as well as a synthethic drug for the treatment of glaucoma, and a fire-fighting foam that saved thousands of lives during World War II. Shortly before his death, Julian received the William Procter Prize for achievements in scientific research from Sigma Xi.

Graduated from DePauw with Phi Beta Kappa and valedictory honors in 1920, Percy Julian earned a master's degree at Harvard and the Ph.D. at the University of Vienna. He was a member of DePauw's Board of Trustees as well as the first recipient of the University's McNaughton Medal for meritorious public service. He also received an honorary degree from his alma mater in 1947.