It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of  Washington University’s Chancellor Emeritus William H. “Bill” Danforth, on September 16, 2020.

Dr. Danforth served Washington University for more than 65 years, including 24 as 13th chancellor, from 1971-1995. His leadership began at the School of Medicine, where he became Vice Chancellor of Medical Affairs in 1965.

Dr. Danforth was passionate about moving medical research forward to find therapies and cures for devastating diseases. He and the trustees of the Danforth Foundation were instrumental in establishing the Danforth Challenge for Neurological Disorders at the Hope Center through a generous matching gift. With the help of Hope Happens and the Hobler family, the $10 million challenge was honored at the end of 2018.

Please read more about Dr. Danforth’s tremendous legacy on Washington University’s tribute page:

We feel a great sense of sadness and our heartfelt condolences go out to the Danforth Family.