Millikin has received a gift of more than $1.6 million in support of MU's natural science programs from a trust established in 1999 by the late John A. Leighty ’31. Pending approval by the MU board of trustees, the gift will provide ongoing financial support for essential research, instructional scientific instrumentation, a new endowed professorship in the natural sciences and mathematics division, and performance learning enhancement needs within the division’s departments.
During a 33-year career at Eli Lilly and Company, Dr. Leighty served on the team that first produced penicillin in the 1940s, and he was also involved in development and production of the antibiotics erythromycin and streptomycin and the analgesic Darvon. Dr. Leighty served on the Millikin University Board of Trustees from 1967 through 1970. He and his late wife, the former Ula Davis ’33, volunteered for and contributed to Millikin’s fundraising campaigns. Dr. and Mrs. Leighty were named recipients of the Alumnus of the Year Award in 1971 -- Millikin's highest honor. The Leighty name is permanently honored on campus through the Leighty-Tabor Science Center (right), an endowed scientific research fellowship and an endowed science scholarship program.