Donor loved early-morning class taught by beloved professor.
Being outnumbered by University of Texas supporters in his hometown of Austin doesn't intimidate David Levine, who loves his alma mater enough to wear Mizzou attire in any state.
But wearing black and gold in Longhorn country isn't the only sign he is a loyal alumnus. A student in the MU College of Arts and Science from 1958-62, Levine established a generous endowment that will provide unrestricted support for the Department of Chemistry. The endowment will be funded through a bequest from Levine's estate.
Chemistry classes led by Professor Norman Rabjohn cemented Levine's fondness for Mizzou. Rabjohn introduced students to the world of organic chemistry. Levine loved the subject as well as the affable, enthusiastic professor who remembered his students by name long after they graduated.
"Professor Rabjohn was just great; he was the one who really got me going," Levine said. "He had a 7:30 course on Saturday morning, and I took it because he was teaching it."
Dean Michael O'Brien expressed gratitude for Levine's thoughtfulness in letting the department invest the resources where they are most needed.
"One of our highest priorities is attracting and retaining faculty who teach and mentor our current students, as Mr. Levine experienced," O'Brien said. "I can't think of a better way to use a gift that reflects a donor's appreciation for the quality of teaching he received."
Levine's chemistry background led him to jobs in marketing, market research, product development and sales with several chemical companies. He retired as a regional sales manager with AKZO-Nobel at Houston.
At home in Texas, Levine participates in the Austin community, where he is former president of the Heart of Texas Orchid Society. He volunteers for a classical music radio station—his parents introduced him to opera through Saturday radio broadcasts—and serves on the board of Bassett Rescue, which supplied his current furry housemate, Nelly.
For more information about how to establish an endowment with a planned gift, call 1-800-970-9977.
–Story provided by Nancy Moen
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