Gift: MacDiarmid Chair
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
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
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 .