Memorial service celebrating the life of William H. Danforth to be held on October 2 – The Source
A memorial service celebrating the life of Chancellor Emeritus William H. Danforth, MD, will be held at 11:30 am on Saturday, October 2 in Graham Chapel at Washington University in St. Louis.
Danforth, who was chancellor for 24 of his more than 65 years of service at the University of Washington, died on September 16, 2020 at his home in Ladue, Missouri. He was 94 years old.
A live broadcast of the service can be viewed in Brookings Quadrangle and Edison Theater; all three locations are wheelchair accessible.
The live stream of the service, which will be recorded, will be available on Remembering Bill Danforth’s website starting at 11:30 a.m. Central time on October 2.
Those planning to attend should check the COVID-19 website for current security protocols in the days leading up to the memorial. All service participants will be required to complete the COVID-19 Visitor Self-Screening Tool before coming to campus and wear a mask indoors.
The service will begin with welcoming remarks from Reverend Gary G. Braun, Director of the Catholic Student Center at the University of Washington, and Chancellor Andrew D. Martin.
Those offering their thoughts will be: Director Emeritus John F. McDonnell, retired Chairman of the Board of Directors of McDonnell Douglas Corp .; Andrew Bursky, AB, BS and MS ’78, vice chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Atlas Holdings; Wayne Fields, Lynn Cooper Harvey Distinguished Chair Emeritus in English in Arts & Sciences; P. Roy Vagelos, MD, former head of the Department of Biological Chemistry who co-founded with Danforth the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences in 1973; and Director Emeritus Robert L. Virgil, MBA ’60, DBA ’67, Dean Emeritus of Olin Business School.
Danforth’s brother, former US Senator John C. “Jack” Danforth, will present family reflections and offer a blessing.
A musical interlude will be performed by flutist Emily Angstreich, Danforth scholar and major in Psychological and Brain Sciences in Arts & Sciences, and pianist Hudson Lin, major in Cognitive Neuroscience and minor in French, both in Arts and Sciences.
Poet Dakotah Jennifer, Danforth Scholar and English Arts and Science graduate, will recite a poem she wrote, titled “To the best of me”.
Soprano Kelly Daniel-Decker and pianist Sandra Geary, both professors of applied music in the Music Arts and Sciences Department, will perform “On Eagle’s Wings” during the service. Daniel-Decker will sing the closing hymn, “The Prayer of Saint Francis”, accompanied by organist Andrew Peters.
A reception will follow the service and will be held at the Holmes Lounge at Ridgley Hall, as well as outside the Brookings Quadrangle.
Parking is available at Millbrook Garage, Danforth University Center Garage and East End Garage.
For more information or questions about the service, call 833-284-4698 or email [email protected]
Led the university into an era of remarkable achievementt
William Danforth, who was also a trustee emeritus, led the university into an era of remarkable achievement in higher education, scholarship and clinical care.
As Chancellor Martin said at the time of his death: “In his nearly seven decades of leadership and service, Bill has forged a deep and indelible legacy that will remain in our community forever. Most notably, Bill will be remembered for taking the university from what was once known as a suburban campus to the world-renowned institution it is today, including by raising the importance of Medical School – Bill’s academic “home” and where his leadership and service at the University of Washington began.
“In addition to his myriad accomplishments, we will also be remembered for his passion for our mission, his relentless pursuit of excellence, and his continued appreciation and commitment to the people who make up our Washington University community,” said Martin. . “Indeed, anyone who has ever been around Bill Danforth knows how special he was and how much he cared about this place and the people who lived, studied and worked here.”