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Vagelos Gift: MacDiarmid Chair

Chemistry alumnus Dr. P. Roy Vagelos has created the Alan MacDiarmid Endowed Term Chair, to be held by a mid-career scholar in the Department of Chemistry. The chair, which was announced last week, honors Dr. MacDiarmid.

Dr. Vagelos (C'50) is retired Chairman and CEO of Merck & Co. He was formerly President of Merck Sharp & Dohme Research Laboratories. A 1954 graduate of Columbia University School of Medicine, he is a discoverer of acyl-carrier protein and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

Dr. Vagelos was Chair of Penn's Trustees, 1994-99. He and his wife, Diana, have supported a wide variety of Penn priorities and programs. They established the Vagelos Molecular Life Sciences program, including endowment and scholarship funds. They also established the Vagelos Scholarship in SAS. The Vagelos Laboratories of IAST was named in recognition of their support .

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 20, January 29, 2002


January 29, 2002
Volume 48 Number 20

A celebration of Chemistry's claim to fame puts the spotlight on six Nobel laureates who have been affiliated with Penn's proud Chemistry Department.
A memorial service for Dr. Jonathan Rhoads will be held next week.
A memorial fund for Dr. Alvin Rubinstein will support excellence in teaching by a graduate student in political science.
The newly appointed Minority Equity Committee begins its work this semester.
The W-2 Form for 2001 is dissected, box by box.
February AT PENN, a musical month.